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Jeff Bridges Takes Chilled Approach In Heated Political Rhetoric


Jeff Bridges played a president in "The Contender," a political flick released nearly two decades ago in the wake of President Bill Clinton's White House scandals.
 
But when it comes to critiquing the role of today's real-life president, Bridges is a lot more laid back than some of his fellow celebrities. How would The Dude, the character he played in "The Big Lebowski," handle things?
 
He likely wouldn't be dangling a severed head in the likeness of President Donald Trump, as comedian Kathy Griffin came under fire for. Neither would The Dude joke about killing the president as Johnny Depp recently did. Griffin and Depp later apologized.
 
"Everybody has something different and unique to contribute to society and with different ways of doing it," Bridges said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press, after taking part on a panel focused on child hunger at a meeting of the Western Governors Association in Whitefish, Montana.
 
"Some people will be blatantly out there talking about their disappointments and ridiculing the way President Trump is acting," said Bridges, who supported Hillary Clinton in last year's election.
 
"I'm rooting for him to do well by our country," he said. "I'm rooting for him as a human being to do the cool thing," Bridges said, as he pivoted back to his work against childhood hunger.
 
Bridges said he is especially concerned about proposed cuts to federal food assistance programs, which he said could harm the well-being of more children.
 
The actor has been an ambassador for " No Kid Hungry " campaign, a national effort to address food insecurity among struggling families.
 
He founded the End Hunger Network in 1983 and became the national spokesman for No Kid Hungry in 2010.
 
Bridges splits his time between homes in Southern California and Montana. He has helped Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and the state's first lady, Lisa Bullock, on expanding school breakfast programs.
 
"The health of our children is a wonderful compass that can tell us if our country is going the right direction," he said. "That means we're off course, so I'm rooting for the president to get on course."

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Michelle Rodriguez Threatens To Quit 'Fast And Furious' Over Its Treatment Of Women


Michelle Rodriguez just told the “Fast and the Furious” movie franchise to step on it to improve its treatment of women. Or else.
 
The actress, who plays Letty Ortiz in the street-racing adventure series, said on Instagram Tuesday that the ride may be over for her unless “they decide to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one.” She added that she’s “grateful for the opportunity the fans & studio have provided over the years.”
 
Entertainment Weekly notes that while the franchise has introduced more women, including formidable villain Charlize Theron in this year’s “The Fate of the Furious,” it has perhaps not been enough.
 
Original cast member Jordana Brewster, who plays Mia Toretto, did not appear in “The Fate of the Furious,” telling Fox News “it wasn’t a choice.” “I didn’t say goodbye,” she said.
 
In May, Rodriguez had told EW that “I’ve been making movies with Jordana, who plays the sister of Dom Toretto, for 16 years and I can count on one hand how many lines I’ve had to her.” She called the situation “pathetic.”
 
In that interview, Rodriguez said she’s used the possibility of holding out as a bargaining chip before. “At the end of the day, the only leverage I have as an individual is my participation,” she said.

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Halle Berry: My Oscar Win 'Meant Nothing' for Diversity in Hollywood


When Halle Berry won a Best Actress Oscar in 2002 for her performance in “Monster’s Ball,” it was widely considered to be a turning point for women of color in Hollywood. “Every nameless, faceless woman of color that now has a chance because this door tonight has been opened,” she said in a powerful acceptance speech.
 
But 15 years later, Berry is still the only black woman to ever win the award.
 
“It’s troubling. To say the least, it’s troubling,” Berry said in a conversation with Elaine Welteroth, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
 
Also Read:Halle Berry, Daniel Craig LA Riots Drama 'Kings' Sells to The Orchard
 
Of the 2015 Academy Awards, dubbed #OscarsSoWhite because no actors of color were nominated, Berry said, “It was one of my lowest professional moments… I sat there and I thought, wow, that moment really meant nothing. It meant nothing. I thought it meant something but I think it meant nothing.”
 
“I profoundly hurt by that and saddened by that, and it inspired me to try to get involved in other ways,” the actress went on. “Which is why I want to start directing. I want to start producing more, I want to start being a part of making more opportunities for people of color.”
 
Also Read:Halle Berry's Wild Hair at Oscars Divides Twitter: 'Vintage Whitney' or 'Bride of Frankenstein'?
 
Berry said she is also working on ways to help make the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences more diverse. “These kinds of groups have to start changing,” she said. “We have to be more conscious and more inclusive.”
 
“We need more people of color writing, directing, producing, not just starring. We have to start telling stories that include us,” she continued. “And when stories don’t include us, we have to start asking, ‘why can’t that be a person of color? Why can’t that white male character be a black woman?’ Why can’t it? We have to start pushing the envelope and asking these questions.”

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Ed Sheeran Says In-The-Works Next Album Will Be "Very Acoustic"


Here's the good news: Ed Sheeran's already hard at work on the follow-up to his smash album, Divide.   Here's the bad news: he's been working on it for six years already, and we probably won't hear it until three years from now.
 
Speaking to the British paper The Sun, Ed says of his fourth album, "I’ve been working on this one since the same time as [my first album] Plus. Every year I write a song that will go on it. So I have about six, seven at the moment.”
 
But, he explains, "It will potentially come later, because it’s been about six years in the making and it might be another three or four. So I might put other stuff out before then, just to have something out."
 
And when the new album does come out, Ed says, it'll sound quite different than his other albums.  "It’s not necessarily experimental, but I don’t think there’ll be any hot radio songs on it this time," he predicts.  "It’s a very acoustic record...very acoustic.”
 
When asked if this mysterious stripped-down album will be called Subtract -- to go along with his albums Plus, Multiply and Divide, he says with a smile "It’s within that vein.”
 
As for the "other stuff" he wants to release before that album, Ed says he's interested in working with DJ Khaled, as well as with Justin Bieber, with whom he collaborated on the song "Love Yourself."
 
“I’m always, always up for working with Bieber," he says. "...when he wants to start making another album, I’d love to be involved. I’ve got some ideas. I think he’s really talented. And his head’s screwed on properly now.”

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A Curly-Haired Taylor Swift Resurfaces For The Most Random Reason


Where in the world is Taylor Swift? 
 
That’s been the question on everyone’s minds ever since the pop star essentially disappeared from the public eye after a year of Snapchat receipts and snake emojis.
 
The answer? Apparently she’s been busy filming a congratulatory video for Russell Westbrook, who was recently named the Most Valuable Player at the NBA’s inaugural award show. Yeah, it’s not what we were expecting either. 
 
The “Blank Space” singer appeared in a pre-taped message to the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard at the award show on Monday with a curly updo and a humorous story for the MVP. 
 
 OKC THUNDER ✔ @okcthunder
.@taylorswift13 sings Russell’s praises! #0urMVP
11:23 PM - 26 Jun 2017
  7,011 7,011 Retweets   15,817 15,817 likes
 
“Remember, I was the one who taught you to play basketball,” she says in the video. “I was the one who taught you to dribble, to shoot hoops. I remember the first time you beat me at basketball. I was very upset, and you said … ‘You just have to shake it off.’ And I got an idea. So essentially, we have each other to thank for these careers. That’s why I’m a part of your congratulations video, because we just, we go back 20 years. Actually, we’ve never met. That’s a fake story, but I wish it were the truth. You are amazing. You’re the MVP. I’m so happy for you.”
 
Westbrook hasn’t reacted publicly to the video just yet, but he’s gone on the record as a card-carrying Swiftie.
 
In 2015, the 28-year-old basketball player shared a video of himself doing what we all do when “Bad Blood” comes on the radio.  
 
He also attended Swift’s Los Angeles concert and seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself.

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Michael Nyqvist, 'John Wick' And 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Actor, Dead At 56


Michael Nyqvist, the Swedish actor who appeared in the original “Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” films as well as “John Wick,” has died. He was 56. 
 
A representative for the actor confirmed the news to HuffPost Tuesday with the following statement:  
 
On behalf of Michael Nyqvist’s representatives and family, it is with deep sadness that I can confirm that our beloved Michael, one of Sweden’s most respected and accomplished actors, has passed away quietly surrounded by family after a year long battle with lung cancer. 
“Michael’s joy and passion were infectious to those who knew and loved him,” his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. “His charm and charisma were undeniable, and his love for the arts was felt by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”
 
Throughout his career, Nyqvist starred in a number of different roles, perhaps most notably as Mikael Blomkvist in the Swedish film adaptations of Stieg Larsson’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. The actor reprised that role in “Millennium,” a six-part Swedish TV series that expanded on the initial trilogy. 
 
His first major role was in the 2000 film “Together,” which earned Nyqvist his first Best Actor nomination at the Guldbagge Awards, which recognizes achievements in the Swedish film industry. 
 
Nyqvist has also appeared in a number of films in the United States, including, “John Wick,” “Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and “Frank and Lola.” He also has a number of films in post-production, including “Radegund” and “Hunter Killer.”

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Megyn Kelly's Ratings Just Continue To Go Down


Megyn Kelly’s life at NBC is getting off to the opposite of a roaring start. 
 
The former Fox News host has dealt with intense backlash related to interviews with Vladimir Putin and Alex Jones since her new show began this month. But “Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly” has another problem of a less optical nature, and maybe a more important one to boot: People aren’t watching it. 
 
The show’s ratings have declined each of its first four weeks on the air, dropping to a new low on Sunday, when only 3.4 million viewers tuned in. The show was tied for the lowest rating among original programs, according to Nielsen data.
 
By comparison, Kelly pulled in 6.2 million viewers during the show’s premiere on June 4. 
 
These numbers don’t mean Kelly’s show is doomed. Shows can take time to find their footing. Just look at Stephen Colbert, who dealt with more than a year of ratings angst before “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” started to regularly beat “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” in the ratings department.
 
But at least four weeks in, Kelly, a controversial and expensive big-name hire, isn’t catching on with NBC’s audience. Might be time to try something new. 

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Beyoncé Makes First Statement at BET Awards After Welcoming Twins


Beyoncé has been out of the spotlight for good reason — she just gave birth to twins. But the new mom still made her presence felt at last night’s BET Awards.
 
Queen Bey won the Viewer’s Choice Award for her video “Sorry,” and her protégés — singers Chloe x Halle — accepted the award in her absence. Of course, in true Beyoncé fashion, her message was powerful and moving.
 
She wrote, “Thank you BET for this award and your tremendous support of Lemonade. This has been a journey of love, of celebrating our culture, honoring the past, and approaching the present and future with hope and resolve.”
 
This is Beyoncé first statement since welcoming two additions to her family last week. And speaking of family, she also thanked them for their support. She said, “Thank you to my mother Tina Knowles-Lawson for being my biggest, biggest teacher, and consistent influence. Thank you to my entire family for so much love.”
 
Bey ended her note with a shout-out to her biggest fan: “And thanks to all the fans, my Beyhive, for riding with me. I love and appreciate you. And to everyone at the show tonight, you all look so beautiful. And at home, thank you, and have a wonderful, wonderful night. From, Beyoncé.”

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CNN Accepts Resignations of 3 Involved In Retracted Story


CNN accepted the resignations Monday of three journalists involved in a retracted story about a supposed investigation into a pre-inaugural meeting between an associate of President Donald Trump and the head of a Russian investment fund.
 
The story was posted on the network's website on Thursday and was removed, with all links disabled, Friday night. CNN immediately apologized to Anthony Scaramucci, the Trump transition team member who was reported to be involved in the meeting.
 
The story's author, Thomas Frank, was among those who resigned, according to a network executive who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss personnel issues. Also losing their jobs were Eric Lichtblau, an assistant managing editor in CNN's Washington bureau, and Lex Haris, head of the investigations unit.
 
CNN, in initially taking down the story, said it didn't meet its editorial standards. The episode is a damaging blow for a network that Trump has frequently derided as "fake news," and for a story that never even made it onto any of CNN's television networks.
 
The story had been quickly questioned both internally and externally, including by the conservative site Breitbart News. It was determined that the story was posted without going through the expected checks and balances for a story of such sensitivity, the executive said.
 
The failure to follow proper procedures is what led to the resignations, the CNN executive said.
 
It's not immediately clear what in the story is factually incorrect, or whether CNN will continue to report on the issue. The retracted story had said the Senate intelligence committee was looking into a January 16 discussion between Scaramucci and Kirill Dmitriev, whose Russian Direct Investment Fund guides investments by U.S. entities in Russia. Scaramucci, in the story, said he exchanged pleasantries in a restaurant with Dmitriev.
 
The report also said that two Democratic senators wanted to know whether Scaramucci had indicated in the meeting whether sanctions against Russia would be lifted, a decision that could impact the investment fund.
 
Following the retraction, Scaramucci tweeted that CNN "did the right thing. Classy move. Apology accepted. Everyone makes mistakes. Moving on."
 
Haris, in a statement to CNN's "Reliable Sources," noted that he'd been with CNN since 2001, "and am sure about one thing: This is a news organization that prizes accuracy and fairness above all else. I am leaving, but will carry those principles wherever I go."

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'Incredible Hulk' Star Lou Ferrigno Comes To The Rescue When Fan Has Seizure


“The Incredible Hulk” actor Lou Ferrigno transformed into a real life hero ― again ― by helping a fan who was suffering from a seizure. 
 
Frank McAlister wrote on Facebook that his son, Ted, experienced the seizure while speaking to the actor and bodybuilder at FanBoy Expo in Knoxville, Tennessee over the weekend. 
 
“Mr. Ferrigno touched me on the shoulder and said that Ted was trying to tell him something that he couldn’t understand,” McAlister wrote. “I turned and knew immediately that Ted was having a seizure and I told Mr. Ferrigno what the problem was and I needed to get to him.”
 
As it turned out, Ted was in good hands. 
 
Ferrigno is a reserve deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and volunteers for the Montrose Search and Rescue Team. Last year, he helped to save a motorist who drove off a cliff.
 
“I’ve been a sheriff for 12 years,” Ferrigno told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “So I deal with this situation.”
 
McAlister wrote that the actor took quick action, clearing his booth so Ted could sit, and calling for medics.
 
“The Incredible Hulk made sure that I had everything that I needed,” McAlister wrote. “When Ted started to come around and started to get up, the Big Man reached down his hand and assisted me as Ted stood.” 
 
He even escorted Ted, McAllister and the EMT to the restroom. 
 
“It’s funny it happened at my table and it’s like, I’m glad it happened here because he was at the right place, knowing that he would be OK,” Ferrigno told the Knoxville News Sentinel. “If it was a strange environment, in the street, he could have died.” 
 
Once medics declared that Ted would be fine, Ferrigno invited him and his father to come back to the booth for another picture.
 
“Talk about a real life action hero!” McAllister wrote. “This man is the real deal. It was an absolute honor to shake his hand and a greater honor to say Thank You to a gentle Giant.”
 
Ferrigno has played The Hulk several times, most famously in the 1977-1982 TV series also starring Bill Bixby, who played Dr. David Banner.

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'Transformers 5' Endures Franchise Low As Indies Perform Well At The Box Office


LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) - It seems the “Transformers” franchise is rusty.
 
As of Sunday morning, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” the fifth installment directed by Michael Bay, looks to bring in $69.1 million from 4,069 domestic locations during its five-day opening weekend. That’s a franchise low for the sequel from Paramount and Hasbro, behind the first in the modern series, which earned $70.5 million in 2007. “The Last Knight” carries an estimated $217 million production budget.
 
This makes “Transformers: The Last Knight” the latest summer blockbuster to bank on overseas ticket sales to have a shot at turning a profit. In China, the big-budget action sequel made $41 million in its opening day alone. The projected international come through Sunday is $196.2 million, powered by $123.4 million in China.
 
“The Last Knight” comes at a time when Paramount could have used an all-around hit, following recent misses “Baywatch” and “Ghost in the Shell.” While the latest “Transformers” movie has been advertised as “the final chapter” and Bay’s last go-around, the franchise will continue ― Paramount has at least two more movies slated, including a spinoff that could star Hailee Steinfeld. The franchise has historically been massively profitable and seen solid multiples for the studio. Together, the first four earned over $1.3 billion domestically and well over $3.5 billion worldwide.
 
The latest take on the series centers on an alliance between Bumblebee, Cade Yeager ― who Mark Wahlberg also played in 2014′s “Age of Extinction” ― and roles played by franchise newcomers Anthony Hopkins and Laura Haddock. Together, the team works together to save the world. Audiences have earned the film a B+ CinemaScore, while critics have mostly dismissed it ― it currently holds a 15% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
 
“The Last Knight” was uncontested at the box office this weekend, but a few indie releases showed traction. Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled” remake from Focus Features played at four theaters this weekend, and should gross $240,545 with a strong per screen average before it expands to over 500 locations next weekend.
 
“We’re thrilled by this opening,” said Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features’ distribution president. “This is Focus’ third collaboration with Sofia and she’s created an entertaining, atmospheric thriller featuring strong female representation in front of and behind the camera.”
 
And Kumail Nanjiani’s critically adored romantic comedy “The Big Sick” should earn $435,000 during its opening weekend in five locations ― that would give the Lionsgate and Amazon Studios release the highest per screen average of any film that has opened this year so far.
 
“Kumail and Emily’s true story provided audiences of all ages a much-needed alternative to the summer blockbusters,” said Bob Berney, Amazon Studios’ distribution chief.
 
Otherwise, “Wonder Woman” continues to post impressive numbers, and holds onto second place during its fourth weekend in theaters. This weekend, it should earn an additional $25.2 million, bringing its domestic total to $318.4 million. Earlier this week, the film became the highest-grossing live-action movie to be directed by a woman ― a major distinction for Patty Jenkins.
 
Disney and Pixar’s “Cars 3” also looks to earn $25.2 million domestically during its second weekend. Some estimates have the film slightly lower, just below $25 million. The family film, which won last weekend’s box office, is expected to pass the $100 million mark in North America by Monday.
 
“Transformers: The Last Knight’s” performance is a tough break for the summer box office’s bottom line domestically. For the past two years, this weekend has seen monster grosses for “Jurassic World” and “Finding Dory.” Now, attention is turned toward a trio of releases next weekend, as the box office hopes for a shot in the arm from “Despicable Me 3,” “Baby Driver,” and “The House.”

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Susan Boyle Targeted By Gang Of Teen Thugs


Britain’s Got Talent star Susan Boyle was left “cowering in fear” after a gang of up to 15 teenagers attacked her near her home in Blackburn, West Lothian.
 
A spokesman has confirmed that Susan has been a regular victim of these attacks and that they plan to contact the police in a bid to ensure the 56-year-old singer’s safety.
 
Susan has been targeted by a gang of yobs.
Susan, who has Asperger syndrome, is being deliberately targeted by the thugs according to one source, with it being reported that the group have thrown stones at her car whilst shouting vile abuse at her.
 
Another incident saw the gang set light to a piece of paper and throw it at her as well as calling her an “old ugly b*tch” when they spotted her at a local shopping centre.
 
One witness told The Mirror of the attacks: “We were inside the bus and they were throwing stones, screaming and shouting things.
 
Susan shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent.
“Another time 10-15 of them were surrounding and throwing stuff. They lit a piece of paper and threw it at her face.
 
“Then I was going inside the Mill Centre, Susan was walking out and they were all standing at the entrance and they said to her: ‘Why don’t you get yourself a pair of glasses you ugly, old b*tch’. It’s horrendous.”
 
Susan isn’t the only target of the gang, with other neighbours reporting intimidating behaviour to the police.
 
One shared: “While I was waiting at the bus they lobbed a glass bottle at my head. Luckily, it missed – it would have been painful if it had hit me.
The Scottish star suffers from Asperger Syndrome.
“I’ve called the police 15 times. They’re known to the community. They set the children’s park on fire, they put fireworks through somebody’s door, they threw eggs at a wee girl’s window.
 
“They pick on the most vulnerable people. If there is more than one person they won’t do it – because they are too scared. It’s old people, children, mentally ill people. It’s really disgusting.”
 
She still lives in the three-bedroom former council home that she grew up in and neighbours have insisted that they are doing all they can to look out for her following the abuse.
 
Susan’s neighbours look out for her.
One explained: “Since finding fame she has been getting hassle off the youngsters. They go up and down this road. You or I could handle it but with Susan’s condition it makes it harder.

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Johnny Depp Jokes About Assassinating Trump


Johnny Depp is back in the wrong kind of news again.
 
Speaking onstage Thursday at Glastonbury Festival in Somerset, England, Depp stepped into controversy with jokes aimed at President Trump that addressed presidential assassination.
 
"Can we bring Trump here?" Depp asked the crowd at the festival.
 
"I think he needs help," Depp said, according to video posted online. "This is going to be in the press and it'll be horrible. But I like that you're all a part of it. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?"
 
As the crowd roared, Depp thoughtfully rubbed his chin. "I want to clarify, I'm not an actor, I lie for a living," he said.
 
The Associated Press reported that Depp then added it's "been a while, and maybe it's time." 
 
Actor John Wilkes Booth assassinated President Abraham Lincoln in 1865.
 
Depp's representative did not immediately respond to USA TODAY's request for comment about Depp's jokes.
 
According to Britain's The Guardian, Depp received a "rock star welcome" during the Glastonbury event at Cineramageddon, a drive-in cinema.
 
Depp introduced his 2004 film The Libertine along with director Julian Temple. But first he talked about Trump following questions from the audience of 1,500.
 
The actor has been in the headlines this year following his contentious divorce from ex-wife Amber Heard and a lawsuit with his former business managers. Depp sued the Management Group in January for more than $25 million, charging fraud and negligence.
 
The Management Group countersued, saying Depp spent lavishly on homes, private jets, art and up to $30,000 a month in wine, despite its warnings.
 
Last month, comedian Kathy Griffin prompted a national outcry when she posted a picture of herself holding  a mock "decapitated" head of Donald Trump.

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Kanye West 'Would Want a Family of Five or Six' with Kim Kardashian West 'If It Was Up to Him': Source


Kanye West is looking forward to being a daddy again!
 
On Tuesday, PEOPLE confirmed that the rapper and wife Kim Kardashian West — who just celebrated their third wedding anniversary in May — have hired a surrogate to carry their third baby. And according to a source close to the couple, West, 40, would be open to adding two more children to their growing family.
 
“He would want a family of five or six if it was up to him,” the source tells PEOPLE.
 
“After having Saint, Kim was told she couldn’t carry another baby — that it would be too dangerous,” says the source. “And she was okay with that.”
 
During her pregnancies with 4-year-old daughter North and 18-month-old son Saint, the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star suffered from placenta accreta, a condition in which the placenta grows into the wall of the womb and prevents it from easily detaching at the time of birth.
 
“My doctor had to stick his entire arm in me and detach the placenta with his hand, scraping it away from my uterus with his fingernails. How disgusting and painful!!!” Kardashian West, 36, previously wrote in her blog about giving birth to North while dealing with placenta accreta.
 
“After both her pregnancy experiences — which no secret, weren’t great for her — she was content with two. But even after having Saint and knowing everything, Kanye was already talking about having more kids,” the source explains.
 
Though West was ready to expand their brood sooner than later, “Kim on the other hand definitely needed to give it some time and consideration before even thinking about options for more kids,” says the source.
 
“But even from the beginning she would make funny comments like, ‘Who knows what will happen … Kanye will probably convince me [to have more kids]!’ ” the source explains, and adds, “And she did warm to the idea!”
 
On Wednesday, a second source close to the Kimoji creator told PEOPLE that Kardashian West “thinks her kids have grown up too fast” and is excited about the idea of having a baby in their family again.
 
“As Saint got bigger though, she talked more and more about a third baby,” said the source.
 
“She really misses having a baby in the family,” the source added. “They looked for a while before they found the perfect surrogate.”

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John Oliver, HBO Sued For Defamation By Coal Baron Robert E. Murray


John Oliver, HBO, Time Warner and the writers for “Last Week Tonight” are being sued for defamation by coal tycoon Robert E. Murray, owner of Murray Energy Corporation, The Daily Beast reports.
 
In the suit filed June 21, Murray claims Oliver and his writers “executed a meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character of and reputation of Mr. Robert E. Murray and his companies,” in the most recent episode of the show.
 
On Sunday, Oliver took aim at Murray and his business practices in a segment that suggested the coal executive doesn’t do enough to protect his workers. Oliver also revealed that when “Last Week Tonight” representatives tried reaching out to Murray’s team for a comment, they received a cease-and-desist letter in response. The Brit even admitted he was expecting a lawsuit, as Murray has sued various news outlets, including The New York Times, in the past. 
 
HBO stands by Oliver and the show’s writers. 
 
“We have confidence in the staff of Last Week Tonight and do not believe anything in the show this week violated Mr. Murray’s or Murray Energy’s rights,” the cable network said in a statement provided to HuffPost. 
 
The main problem Murray seems to have with Oliver’s segment is that he brought up the collapse of one of Murray’s mines in Utah, which claimed the lives of nine people. Oliver pointed out that a government report determined the collapse was due to unauthorized mining practices and noted that Murray blamed it on an earthquake.
 
Murray reportedly provided evidence of his claim in the form of reports, according to The Daily Beast, and alleges Oliver’s team chose to ignore it. 
 
“Because Defendant Oliver omitted any mention of the other reports he was aware of that evidenced that an earthquake caused the collapse, as Mr. Murray correctly stated following the collapse, Defendant Oliver’s presentation intentionally and falsely implied that there is no such evidence,” the complaint says, per The Daily Beast. 
 
The complaint also reportedly claims Murray’s website was hacked and his health declined after the show aired, “likely further reducing his already limited life expectancy due to his Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.”
 
Murray is suing for one count each of defamation, false light invasion of privacy and intentional infliction of emotional distress, according to The Washington Post.
 

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'Downton Abbey' Will Be Brought Back To Life As A Movie


Get ready to spend more time with the Crawleys, because a “Downton Abbey” movie is officially happening.
 
“It’s been in the works for some time,” Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, said Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.
 
Edelstein confirmed what we’ve been hearing for months while in Singapore at a red-carpet event for “Downton Abbey: The Exhibition.”
 
“We are working on getting the script right and then we’ve got to figure out how to get the (cast) together. Because as you know, people go on and do other things. But we’re hopeful to make a movie sometime next year,” Edelstein said.
 
There’s no word on which cast members will appear in the movie version, but Edelstein said he hopes to bring back 20 actors from the series. 
 
Production is expected to begin in 2018.
 
“Downton Abbey,” which follows the Crawley family in England during the early 1900s, ran from 2010–15. It was was broadcast in some 150 countries. 
 

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New 'Game Of Thrones' Season 7 Trailer Hints At Westeros' Biggest Battle


On the first day of summer, “Game of Thrones” is here to give you chills.
 
With less than a month until the Season 7 premiere, HBO has dropped a second trailer for the beloved series. 
 
Set to the ethereal “Light of the Seven” tune that accompanied Cersei’s (Lena Headey) path of destruction in Season 6′s violent finale, the trailer reminds us of the only thing Westeros has ever truly had to fear: the White Walkers and their army of the dead. 
 
In a voiceover, Jon Snow (Kit Harington) delivers that timely lecture: “For centuries, our families fought together against their common enemy, despite their differences ― together. We need to do the same if we’re going to survive, because the enemy is real. It’s always been real.”
 
Things are about to get very real, indeed: We see Dany (Emilia Clarke) arriving in Westeros, Jon fighting in the North, Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) using his sight, Sansa (Sophie Turner) looking pretty cold and Jaime (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) going to town with a lance. Oh, and fire. A lot of fire.
 
In the end, Sansa offers a tormentingly vague hint about the legacy of the Stark clan: “When the snows fall, and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.”
 
Fingers/paws/tails crossed for you, Sansa.
 
“Game of Thrones” returns July 16 to HBO.

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Courteney Cox Gets Candid


Courteney Cox is a rule breaker, at least when it comes to the outdated beauty guidelines commonly held among women of a certain age. At 53, she is often seen rockin’ a two-piece bathing suit, making it clear that to this iconic Friend, age is just a number. “I feel better than I’ve ever felt,” says the Alabama native, though she does admit that aging in the spotlight hasn’t always been easy. “Hollywood makes it hard; this business makes it harder. I grew up thinking appearance was the most important thing. That as long as I looked OK, I would be OK, which got me into trouble.”
 
Courteney also reveals that chasing the fountain of youth has its consequences, and that the road to acceptance wasn’t easy. In a town where it’s taboo to admit you’ve done anything more to yourself than get a good night’s sleep or take an extended vacation, it’s refreshing to hear a truthful take on beauty treatments—the good, the bad and the reformed. “I was trying so hard to keep up, and that actually made things worse. Now, I’m as natural as I can be.”
 
Looking casually chic in a pair of boyfriend jeans, a sheer floral top and loafers, Courteney relaxes into a cozy couch at West Hollywood’s members-only Soho House, ready to chat about all things beauty. “I’ve always been such an open person,” she says. Aside from a light layer of mascara and a slight smudge of eyeliner that highlight her piercing blue eyes, her makeup is minimal.
 
On Courteney, natural has never looked better. Here, she gets candid about the beauty treatments she’ll never get again, how she’s teaching her teenage daughter, Coco, not to focus so much on looks, and the diagnosis that changed her life. She even opens up about the positive effects of dating a younger man (40-year-old Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol) and her openness to have another baby.
 
NewBeauty: Tell us about your morning beauty routine.
Courteney Cox: I start with the Clarisonic to wash my face and then I apply a hot towel. I don’t know if that’s good for my skin, but it’s what the professionals do. I see Mila Moursi once a week for a facial and I’ve been using her products for years. I love the way they smell. They’re rich and rejuvenating—they blend natural extracts, oils and peptides with the best scientific ingredients. I want natural, but not too natural. I want
it to work. I don’t want to just use plants and water. I always put on a peptide of some sort—Mila’s Rejuvenating Serum or a lifting serum. Sometimes a vitamin C product. I also use her Firming Cream, Oxy Cellular and AntiWrinkle Cream. I alternate those, or sometimes use all of them, depending on how dry I am. 
 
NB:That's quite a process—how long does it take?
CC: Not nearly as long as it sounds! It’s all really easy and only takes about three minutes. 
 
NB: How do you take care of your body?
CC: I just realized that I should have started on my body earlier than I did. I thought, “Oh, my body’s fine.” Well, it’s not. It does catch up. I recently started dry brushing, and I’ve got a body roller for my problem areas. But it’s good to start on your body when you’re 25 or 30, not 53. That’s the moral of the story. 
 
NB: Let's talk about your brows and lashes.
CC: I love Latisse! I’ve been using it for a long time. Sometimes you get an [odd] eyelash in there, but most of the time it’s good. Filling in your brows is really important. I do some microblading to save time. Although it doesn’t last forever, it’s great and it saves me time filling in my eyebrows.
 
NB: What does Coco teach you about makeup?
CC: That my less-is-more theory is true! Coco loves makeup and she expresses herself through it. One of her favorite shows is RuPaul’s Drag Race. She thinks it’s beautiful artistry and she’s really good at it. Luckily at school she can only wear mascara, but on the weekends you would think she’s going out to a rager at 2 a.m.—eyeliner, mascara, highlighter on her cheeks. I don’t like seeing highlighter during the day. Well, to be honest, I don’t even know how to use it. It makes sense if you’re going out, but she begs to differ. I know some people think I should rein her in with the makeup, but it’s a form of self-expression. As long as she’s not sexualizing herself, it’s really just what makes her feel good. Sometimes I do wish her shorts were longer—I’m not going to lie. But I want to keep an open relationship with her. I care more about what she’s watching than what she’s putting on her face.
 
NB: How did trying to "keep up" with your appearance get you in trouble?
CC: Well, what would end up happening is that you go to a doctor who would say, “You look great, but what would help is a little injection here or filler there.” So you walk out and you don’t look so bad and you think, no one noticed—it’s good. Then somebody tells you about another doctor: “This person’s amazing. They do this person who looks so natural.” You meet them and they say, “You should just do this.” The next thing you
know, you’re layered and layered and layered. You have no idea because it’s gradual until you go, “Oh sh*t, this doesn’t look right.” And it’s worse in pictures than in real life. I have one friend who was like, “Whoa, no more!” I thought, I haven’t done anything in six months. I didn’t realize.
 
NB: So your friend told you she thought you were doing too much?
CC: Yeah. But I’d see pictures and think, “Oh, is that what I look like?” And I’d ask a friend and they’d say, “Oh God, no.” And I never thought of myself as being delusional. I think photographs do show up worse, so when people in the world see you and write comments that are usually mean, I think, “It can be worse than what it really is.”
 
NB: Well, you look amazing. What are you doing now?
CC: I’ve had all my fillers dissolved. I’m as natural as I can be. I feel better because I look
like myself. I think that I now look more like the person that I was. I hope I do. Things are going to change. Everything’s going to drop. I was trying to make it not drop, but that made me look fake. You need movement in your face, especially if you have thin skin like I do. Those aren’t wrinkles—they’re smile lines. I’ve had to learn to embrace movement and realize that fillers are not my friend. 
 
NB: So are you done with treatments?
CC: I don’t know what the future holds, but I know I want to stay natural. But, they come up with new stuff all the time—it’s crazy how many new machines are out there. I believe in getting laser treatments like Clear + Brilliant. I believe in microneedling. I think microcurrent technology makes sense to strengthen your muscles. 
 
NB: What about diet—do you have to watch what you eat?
CC: I’m a really good eater. About four years ago I found out I have something called a MTHFR gene mutation, which dictates how my body methylates. I suffered miscarriages, my dad died of a really rare cancer, and depression runs in my family, which made my doctor think I should get this gene checked out. I discovered that I have the worst version of this mutation and my body doesn’t methylate the way it’s supposed to. Once I found out how I could absorb nutrients and protect myself from toxins, my whole life shifted. 
 
NB: What kind of changes?
CC: I felt so much better and had more energy. I used to get so tired and would literally crumble after I ate something. Now I give myself a shot of methylated B-12 daily. When I was pregnant, I took folic acid like you’re supposed to, but I learned later that it wasn’t good for me. I have to take a methylfolate and methylated B, and then I can absorb it. I would love to have a baby now. I mean, I could carry someone else’s egg. I may be one of the older people doing it, but I would love to, with Johnny that is.
 
NB: Would you consider having a baby now?
CC: I would. I know it’s crazy, but I would. 
 
NB: How does your boyfriend, Johnny McDaid, make you feel beautiful?
CC: Well, he’s younger than me, and with any other guy that would be the hardest thing in the world, but looks are not that important to him or his family. External beauty isn’t even on his radar. I used to worry about the age difference, but I don’t think it matters. He appreciates beauty, but it’s deeper than that. It’s deeper for me too, but luckily I find him gorgeous and extremely sexy. 

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Cosby Trial: Judge Mulling Over Defense, Prosecution's Arguments To Keep Jurors' Names Private


A Pennsylvania judge will decide Wednesday whether or not to keep the names of the jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial private.
 
Judge Steven O'Neill heard arguments Tuesday from the prosecution and defense in favor of keeping the names sealed because of the retrial. Both sides believe any comments jurors make to the media might also make it hard to find an unbiased jury pool.
 
The judge said Tuesday that he promised jurors privacy when they were selected. He fears there will be a chilling effect on potential jurors needed for the retrial if the first jury discusses the deliberations.
 
Lawyers for the media say the public has a right to the names. They are interested in finding out how close the jury came to reaching a verdict.
 
The jury on Saturday deadlocked on charges that Cosby drugged and molested a woman in 2004, resulting in a mistrial. It's unclear how many jurors voted for conviction and how many wanted an acquittal.
 
Pennsylvania law allows the public release of jurors' identities, but judges have discretion to keep them a secret under certain conditions.

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Goodbyes and New Beginnings! Abby Lee Miller Tearfully Admits 'I Regret Everything' in Final Dance Moms Appearance


It’s the end of an era for Abby Lee Miller.
 
The controversial realty TV star will be making her last and final appearance on the return of Lifetime’s Dance Moms this summer and PEOPLE has the first look.
 
In the explosive supertease, Miller, 51, emotionally says her final goodbye to the dancers (and the moms) who have stood by her all these years, through the drama and the tears.
 
“I created livelihoods for so many children,” she says. “It was all going to end someday.”
 
As mixed emotions begin to rise and questions begin to circulate on who will take Millers’ place, Laurieann Gibson, famed choreographer who has worked with Michael Jackson and Beyoncé, makes a surprise appearance, igniting a little spark in the entire Dance Moms crew.
 
But, shortly thereafter, the girls’ new leader, Cheryl Burke steps in to save the day — leading with grace, encouragement and ease.
 
“I don’t need one of them,” Miller says in the clip. “I don’t need any of them.”
 
“I regret it. I regret it,” she tearfully says. “Oh, I regret everything.”
 
In March, the dance instructor announced her resignation in an Instagram post, accusing officials behind the popular Lifetime show of treating her “like dirt” after she wrapped filming for season 7B.
 
“I WILL NO LONGER TAKE PART IN DANCE MOMS,” Miller wrote. “FOR THE PAST SIX YEARS/SEVEN SEASONS I HAVE ASKED, BEGGED, AND EVEN DEMANDED CREATIVE CREDIT FOR ALL THE IDEAS, AWARD WINNING ROUTINES, THEMES AND COSTUMING – TO NO AVAIL!”
 
“I don’t have a problem working with any kid, I love children and have dedicated my life to making other people’s children successful!” she continued. “I JUST HAVE A PROBLEM WITH BEING MANIPULATED, DISRESPECTED, AND USED – DAY IN AND DAY OUT BY MEN WHO NEVER TOOK A DANCE LESSON IN THEIR LIVES AND TREAT WOMEN LIKE DIRT!”
 
Though Miller is relieved to cut ties with Dance Moms, she will soon face another uphill battle.
 
In October 2015, Miller was charged with attempting to hide $775,000 of income from the Lifetime series, its spin-off Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and multiple other projects during Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Miller, who allegedly hid the money in secret bank accounts between 2012–13, pled guilty to bankruptcy fraud in June 2016. She was also accused of divvying $120,000 and having her friends carry the money in plastic bags in their luggage in August 2014, which she promised to forfeit in January.
 
In May, Miller received a sentence of one year and one day in federal prison, followed by two years of supervised release. She was additionally fined $40,000 and ordered to pay the $120,000 judgment, as well as give a DNA sample relating to her felony charge.
 
While it remains to be seen how much of that sentence Miller will actually serve, multiple sources tell PEOPLE that she will realistically face 10 months in prison, followed by a stint at a halfway house.
 
“I’m afraid of being physically abused or raped,” Miller told PEOPLE in April. “I have to stay busy. If I thought about it every day, I’d just sit around and cry.”
 
Dance Moms premieres Tuesday, Aug. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on Lifetime.

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Foo Fighters Announce New Album, "Concrete and Gold"; Launching Their Own Festival


Surprise! Foo Fighters have announced a new album. The ninth studio effort from Dave Grohl and company is called Concrete and Gold, and will be released September 15.
 
Concrete and Gold was produced by Greg Kurstin, who's worked with Adele, Beck and Sia.
 
"I wanted it to be the biggest sounding Foo Fighters record ever," says Grohl in a statement. "To make a gigantic rock record but with Greg Kurstin's sense of melody and arrangement...Motorhead's version of Sgt. Pepper...or something like that."
 
To add to already exciting news, Foo Fighters will be launching their own festival, the Cal Jam 17, this fall. Taking place October 7 in San Bernardino, California, Cal Jam 17 features a headlining set from the Foos, plus performances by Queens of the Stone Age, Cage the Elephant, Royal Blood, Liam Gallagher, Wolf Alice and The Struts, among others.
 
And that's not all! Foo Fighters have also announced their own headlining tour in support of Concrete and Gold. The tour kicks off with the opening show at The Anthem, a new venue opening in Washington, D.C., on October 12, and continues October 14 in Richmond, Virginia. It'll wrap up December 12 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
For ticket info, visit FooFighters.com.
 
Here is the Concrete and Gold track list:
 
"T-Shirt"
"Run"
"Make It Right"
"The Sky Is a Neighborhood"
"La Dee Da"
"Dirty Water"
"Arrows"
"Happy Ever After (Zero Hour)"
"Sunday Rain"
"The Line"
"Concrete and Gold"
 
Here are the Foo Fighters fall tour dates:
 
10/7 -- San Bernardino, CA, Cal Jam 17 at Glen Helen Regional Park
10/12 -- Washington, DC, The Anthem
10/14 -- Richmond, VA, Richmond Coliseum
10/15 -- Greensboro, NC, Greensboro Coliseum
10/17 -- Columbia, SC, Colonial Life Arena
10/18 -- Knoxville, TN, Thompson-Boling Arena
10/20 -- Cincinnati, OH, U.S. Bank Arena
10/21 -- Lexington, KY, Rupp Arena
10/23 -- Nashville, TN, Bridgestone Arena
10/24 -- Memphis,TN, FedExForum
10/26 -- Birmingham, AL, Legacy Arena at The BJCC 
10/28 -- New Orleans, LA, Voodoo Music + Arts Experience
11/7 -- Madison, WI, Kohl Center
11/8 -- Champaign, IL, State Farm Arena 
11/10 -- Des Moines, IA, Wells Fargo Arena
11/11 -- Sioux Falls, SD, Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/13 -- Wichita, KS, INTRUST Bank Arena
11/15 -- Tulsa, OK, BOK Center
12/1 -- Fresno, CA, Save Mart Center
12/2 -- Sacramento, CA, Golden 1 Center
12/4 -- Spokane, WA, Spokane Arena
12/5 -- Eugene, OR, Matthew Knight Arena
12/7 -- Nampa ID, Ford Idaho Center
12/9 -- Billings MT, Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark
12/10 -- Casper WY, Casper Events Center
12/12 -- Salt Lake City UT, Vivint Smart Home Arena

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Miles Teller Arrested For Public Intoxication (UPDATE)


Miles Teller was arrested early Sunday morning, the San Diego police department confirmed to HuffPost. TMZ was first to report the news.
 
The actor, known for his roles in “Whiplash” and “Fantastic Four,” was reportedly visibly drunk on the sidewalk after partying with friends in San Diego, California. As a cop questioned Teller, he became uncooperative and appeared to lose his balance. He was then handcuffed.
 
According to law enforcement, Teller refused to cooperate with authorities as they tried to help him. The cops took Teller to a detox center to sober up ― despite his initial rejection of the offer. After he didn’t comply with the staff at the center, authorities arrested him for the misdemeanor charge of being drunk and disorderly in public. He was reportedly in jail for four hours and released without bail. 
 
HuffPost has reached out to his rep for comment.
 
Teller is somewhat known for his bad attitude, which was documented in an unflattering Esquire profile in 2015.
 
When discussing the piece, Teller told The Guardian, “But I also think that’s why people — certain people — do relate to me: because there is no agenda, honestly. I was raised middle-class in a small town. I have all my same friends from high school. I’m close with my family. I’m dating a normal girl. So I want to feel people think I’m a man of the people. Because I feel that way.”
 
UPDATE (4 p.m. ET): Miles Teller took to Twitter to say he wasn’t arrested, but detained, although authorities told HuffPost, as well as other outlets, otherwise. 
 
Miles Teller ✔ @Miles_Teller
Went down to SD to see my buddy before he deployed. I wasn't arrested I was detained bc there was no evidence to charge me with a crime.
5:00 PM - 19 Jun 2017
 
Miles Teller ✔ @Miles_Teller
Don't believe everything you read, especially from a third party entertainment news source trying to get clicks. Appreciate the concern.
5:09 PM - 19 Jun 2017

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Jay Z Celebrates The Birth Of Twins With New Album


On the heels of Beyoncé delivering twins, her husband Jay Z’s music streaming service, Tidal, announced on Sunday that the rapper will be releasing a new album on June 30.
 
At first, it will only be available exclusively to customers of Tidal and Sprint, which bought a stake of Tidal in January.
 
The album is called “4:44” and apparently has a video. A short, moody clip of “Moonlight” Oscar winner Mahershala Ali playing a boxer with Danny Glover as his trainer was posted on YouTube on Sunday.
 
“Letter to my dad that I never wrote/Speeches I prepared that I never spoke/Words on a paper that I never read/Prose is never penned, they stayed in my head,” Jay Z raps in the clip.
 
The hip-hop mogul had launched an enigmatic campaign ahead of the album, but what exactly he was advertising wasn’t clear until now, Billboard noted.
 
The release will mark Jay Z’s first studio album since 2013’s “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” Entertainment Tonight reported.
 
Jay Z will have several opportunities to show off his new material live, including at the Made in America Festival in Philadelphia on Sept. 2-3 and the Meadows Music & Arts Festival at Citi Field in New York City on Sept. 15, the New York Daily News reported.
 
In a press release, Sprint President Marcelo Claure called Jay Z a “global icon” while announcing the album’s first-look offer to Sprint customers.

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Kim Kardashian Responds to 'Blackface' Allegations: 'I Have Learned From It'


Kim Kardashian addressed accusations that she employed “blackface” in a photo promoting her makeup line, saying that she “would obviously never want to offend anyone” but that she nevertheless “learned from” the experience.
 
The reality TV star, who was raked over the coals on social media last week after posting a photo promoting the first product in her KKW Beauty line, sought to set the record straight in an interview published Monday by the New York Times.
 
“I would obviously never want to offend anyone. I used an amazing photographer and a team of people,” Kardashian said. “I was really tan when we shot the images, and it might be that the contrast was off. But I showed the image to many people, to many in the business. No one brought that to our attention. No one mentioned it.
 
Kardashian continued, “Of course, I have the utmost respect for why people might feel the way they did. But we made the necessary changes to that photo and the rest of the photos. We saw the problem, and we adapted and changed right away. Definitely I have learned from it.”
 
The image drew heavy criticism last week on Twitter, where one detractor wrote, “I love Kim but that’s def black face in the form of makeup she is no where near that dark.”
 
Another poster wondered, “How did a team of PR people all look at the photo of Kim in blackface and then tell her to post it AND make it her avatar?”
 
To be fair, some Twitter users came to the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star’s defense.
 
“She’s Armenian, aka naturally darker complected, let’s all calm down,” one Kardashian defender offered.
 
“So we’re just gonna pretend like it’s not summer and she doesn’t live in California!? For real y’all, calm down,” another wrote.

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Beyoncé Gives Birth To Destiny's Children


Beyhive, meet your two newest members. 
 
Beyoncé and husband Jay Z have welcomed twins in Los Angeles, according to multiple outlets. The sex of the twins is currently unknown, as well as exactly when the singer gave birth. The couple are, of course, already parents to Blue Ivy, 5, who, if you haven’t heard, is about the most adorable girl on planet earth.
 
Beyoncé’s father, Mathew Knowles, posted a celebratory message on his Twitter account on Sunday confirming that the twins are indeed here.  The proud grandfather posted a picture of balloons that read “Happy birthday to the twins, love grandad.” 
 
 Mathew Knowles ✔ @MathewKnowles
They're here!#beyonce #twins #jayz #happybirthday
10:11 AM - 18 Jun 2017
  
The “Formation” singer announced she was pregnant with twins in February with an instantly iconic photo shoot that essentially broke the internet. Her announcement photo became the most-liked Instagram post ever. Remember? The floral moment with some green mesh and major Virgin Mary vibes? 
 
“We would like to share our love and happiness. We have been blessed two times over. We are incredibly grateful that our family will be growing by two, and we thank you for your well wishes,” the announcement read, signed by “The Carters.”
 
The typically reclusive star has been out and about since then. She stopped by the Grammys about a week after the announcement only to lose every major award to Adele. Bey did walk away with the satisfaction that she delivered the night’s most flawless performance, featuring a medley of songs from her nominated album, “Lemonade” about what it means to be a mother and a daughter. 
 
Weeks before giving birth, Beyoncé celebrated her baby shower with family and friends. Dubbed the “Carter Push Party,” the gathering made the internet sigh with collective envy as the guests included mom Tina Knowles and pals Kelly Rowland, Serena Williams and La La Anthony.
 
Of course, there was also an accompanying photo shoot, showing a very pregnant Bey with a henna-tattooed belly. She also shared photos of herself and Jay Z looking very much in love. 
 
Throughout her pregnancy, the singer has been blessing us mere mortals with regular Instagram content, showing off her maternity looks, flipbook style.
 
Blue Ivy has even made a couple of cameos, most recently sporting matching dresses with mom at the Museum of Ice Cream in Los Angeles for a Mother’s Day outing. Snapchat filters and fun were had by all. 
 
The birth of the twins comes a couple of months after Beyoncé and Jay Z’s ninth wedding anniversary, on April 4, which the singer commemorated with a heartfelt video tribute to her husband, featuring the newly available song “Die With You.” 
 
We’re grateful that Bey is happy and healthy and that the possibility of a new generation of Destiny’s Child is closer than ever before.

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Box Office: 'Cars 3' Beats 'Wonder Woman' With $53.5M; 'All Eyez on Me' Nabs $27M


Despite signs of franchise fatigue, Pixar and Disney's Cars 3 dominated the road at the North American box office.
 
The threequel opened to an estimated $53.5 million from 4,256 theaters, enough to beat ruling champ Wonder Woman. Overseas, Cars 3 debuted to $21.3 million from its first handful of territories for a global start of $74.8 million.
 
Make no mistake, Wonder Woman continued to impress, falling a scant 30 percent in the U.S. to $40.8 million for a domestic total of $274.6 million. The Warner Bros. movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, enjoyed one of the best third weekends in history for a superhero film and topped the $500 million mark globally.
 
Cars 3 nabbed an A CinemaScore. That means all 18 Pixar films have received some variation of the top grade. It is also the 16th Pixar film to open at No. 1.
 
At the same time, Cars 3 came in 19 percent behind the $66.1 million debut of Cars 2 in 2011 on its way to earning $562.1 million worldwide. Cars, which hit theaters in 2006, opened to $60.1 million in its North American debut before topping out at $462.2 million worldwide.  
 
The threequel follows the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) as he's pushed out of the sport he loves by a new generation of blazing-fast racers. He enlists the help of a young race technician (voice of Cristela Alonzo) to help him get back in the game.
 
The other big headline of the weekend was the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, directed by Benny Boom. The movie, landing at No. 3, came in ahead expectations with $27.1 million from 2,471 theaters.
 
Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films partnered with Lionsgate on the movie, which was released on what would have been the iconic rapper's 46th birthday. Named after Shakur's fourth studio album, the movie includes over a dozen songs from his music catalog.
 
The biopic, starring Demetrius Shipp Jr., grabbed an A CinemaScore. The cast also includes Kat Graham, who plays Jada Pinkett-Smith, who was close to Shukar. (Pinkett-Smith says the movie is "deeply hurtful.")
 
The Mummy followed at No. 4 with $1.9 million from 4,034 locations for a domestic total of $5.5 through Sunday.
 
The news was rough for Sony's raunchy female comedy, Rough Night. The R-rated movie fell flat with $8.1 million from 3,162 theaters. The $20 millionmovie stars Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell and Zoë Kravitz as a group of friends who gather for a weekend-long bachelorette bash. Lucia Aniello helmed the film, and is the first female director in two decades to direct an R-rated movie.
 
In a surprise upset, Rough Night was beat by the femme-centric shark thriller 47 Meters Down, starring Mandy Moore and Claire Holt. The film, the first major title from Byron Allen's distribution venture Entertainment Studios, grossed $11 million from 2,270 theaters to land at No. 5.

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Leonardo DiCaprio Turns Over Picasso Painting, Brando Oscar to Justice Department


Leonardo DiCaprio has voluntarily surrendered several works of art worth millions of dollars and an Oscar statuette that once belonged to Marlon Brando to the U.S. Government, as part of its ongoing investigation into a money laundering operation connected to Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak.
 
The surrendered items include: a Picasso painting, “Nature Morte au Crane de Taureau,” valued at more than $3 million; a Basquiat collage, “Redman One,” valued at at least $9 million; a Diane Arbus photograph valued at $750,000; and the Oscar Brando won for his performance in “On the Waterfront.”
 
The paintings and photograph were reportedly gifts from Malaysian financiers connected to Riza Aziz, co-founder of Red Granite Pictures, the outfit that produced the DiCaprio-starring “The Wolf of Wall Street.” The Justice Department has been investigating whether Aziz assisted Prime Minister Razak, his father-in-law, in embezzling more than $4 billion. Some of that money was used to finance Red Granite, and several of the company’s films.
 
The paintings and photograph were included in a 250-page forfeiture complaint filed last week by the Justice Department. However, representatives for DiCaprio say that the paintings were surrendered to the government before the complaint was filed.
 
DiCaprio intended the art for an upcoming charity auction, not for his personal collection, his representatives say.
 
The Marlon Brando Oscar, a set gift from Red Granite, was not mentioned in the Justice Department complaint, but was turned over voluntarily along with the other items nonetheless.
 
“Last July, upon hearing of the government’s civil action against certain parties involved in the making of The Wolf of Wall Street, Mr. DiCaprio’s representatives – working under his instruction – initiated contact with the Department of Justice,” representatives for DiCaprio said in a statement. “This effort was to determine if there were any gifts or charitable donations originating from the parties named in the civil complaint, and to offer the return of any such gifts or donations with the aid and instruction of the government.”
 
The statement continued: “Prior to the government’s filing of the civil pleading today, Mr. DiCaprio initiated return of these items, which were received and accepted by him for the purpose of being included in an annual charity auction to benefit his eponymous foundation. He has also returned an Oscar originally won by Marlon Brando, which was given to Mr. DiCaprio as a set gift by Red Granite to thank him for his work on The Wolf of Wall Street.
 
Mr. DiCaprio is grateful for the support of the government in this effort, and continues to hope that justice is done in this matter.”

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Miley Cyrus Tells Jimmy Fallon Why She Gave Up Weed


This was no tokin’ appearance on “The Tonight Show” for Miley Cyrus.
 
The singer told host Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday that she quit weed, and confessed to being stoned during previous appearances on his show.
 
Cyrus explained that she stopped smoking to remain lucid so she can discuss her as-yet-released album, which she said has been a passion project.
 
“I wanted to make sure that I’m super clear about the way I’m talking,” she said.
 
The former Disney star recounted a nightmare about a fatal “Saturday Night Live” monologue.
 
“No one’s ever died from weed, but no one’s ever smoked as much as I did,” she said.
 
 So here are three words we might not be hearing from Cyrus in the future:
 
”I was high.”

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Steve Harvey Jokes That Flint Resident Should Enjoy 'Brown Glass Of Water'


Steve Harvey’s latest “joke” isn’t going over so well.
 
Wednesday, a man who said he was from Flint, Michigan, reportedly called in to the “Family Feud” host’s radio show and gave Harvey a hard time about the Cleveland Cavaliers losing the NBA Championship. The caller supposedly said Cleveland didn’t “deserve jack.”
 
Harvey, being a Cavs fan, was perturbed.
 
The comedian reportedly fired back by making jokes about the water crisis in the Michigan city, saying the man didn’t even have clean water, according to Detroit Free Press and MLive. 
 
In a video clip posted from the exchange, Harvey’s co-hosts can be heard telling the comedian to “reel it in.” Harvey says he was just talking about the caller, not the city of Flint. 
 
Harvey persisted, and before the caller hung up, he added, “Enjoy your nice brown glass of water.”
 
As Uproxx notes, Harvey’s comments come around the same time that officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter over their handling of the Flint crisis, which has resulted in 12 deaths connected an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease. 
 
The Twitter backlash was immediate.
 
Little Miss Flint @LittleMissFlint
Flint is not a joke @IAmSteveHarvey @SteveHarveyFM please apologize #FlintWaterCrisis #Flint #FlintLivesMatter #PeopleDied
5:04 PM - 14 Jun 2017
 
On The Edge Show @OnTheEdgeShow
Did Steve Harvey REALLY tell a caller to go drink dirty water because they made a comment against LeBron James? #LowBlow#FlintWaterCrisis
9:16 AM - 14 Jun 2017
 
It's me..QueenBee👑✊ @UndeniableQueen
steve harvey bald head coon making fun of a guy from flint michigan..the water situation isn't funny people need to make him feel it
5:41 PM - 13 Jun 2017
 
The mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, reportedly called for an apology, sending a letter saying, “I was deeply saddened by your comments about our city. While I feel it was not meant to be an intentional hurt or insult against the citizens of this community, it was.”
 
William A Harris @BillHarrisTV
Flint Mayor Weaver calls for a public apology from Steve Harvey. See her letter here.
1:35 PM - 15 Jun 2017
 
Harvey issued a statement that he and the caller were “talking trash about our teams and cities.” The comedian went on to say, “Any attempts to craft this into anything more serves no one.”

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Aisha Tyler Sobs During Announcement That She's Leaving 'The Talk'


And that’s a wrap.
 
After six years, Aisha Tyler will say goodbye to “The Talk.” On Thursday, the co-host fought back tears while announcing her upcoming departure from the CBS daytime talk show.
 
“I have had an amazing six years with you guys,” Tyler said. “We’ve had babies and weddings, and you know good things have happened, and you know I went through the biggest breakup of my life with you. I could not have done with this without you. I’ll never be able to thank you guys enough for your friendship.” 
 
Tyler, 46, said a busy work schedule led to the decision to part ways with the show. It’s no wonder. Tyler appears in the CBS series “Criminal Minds,” hosts The CW’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and lends her voice to the FX animated show “Archer.” Going forward, Tyler’s plate will get a bit fuller. She recently directed her first feature film and hopes to sit in the director’s chair more often down the line.
 
“I’m very lucky to be this busy,” she said, adding, “Coming here is such a joy that it never feels like work to me.”
 
Tyler will exit the show after the current season, leaving current co-hosts Julie Chen, Sharon Osbourne, Sara Gilbert and Sheryl Underwood. But she promises to come back to guest-host. 

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Mary Steenburgen Says Ted Danson Helped Her Find Happiness After Trauma


Mary Steenburgen credited her husband of 21 years, actor Ted Danson, for helping her overcome a dark past.
 
“My dad had a series of heart attacks when I was a little girl, and our world was shaped by these huge traumatic events,” the 64-year-old actress told Closer Weekly. “I spent my childhood waiting for my dad to die. From the age of eight, my response to that insanity was to bury myself in books, where if people died, they could get back up again.”
 
Two years after the Arkansas native landed her breakout role in the 1978 film “Goin’ South,” she married her first husband, English actor Malcolm McDowell, in 1980. After giving birth to her daughter Lilly McDowell, she won an Oscar for the 1980 film “Melvin and Howard.”
 
“I had Lilly, my first child, two and a half months before that,” she explained. “I was so crazy in love with my daughter that it slightly eclipsed the Oscar — which in Hollywood is an almost sacrilegious thing to say.”
 
Steenburgen also gave birth to a son named Charlie McDowell in 1983. She and Malcolm McDowell separated in 1989 and divorced in 1990.
 
She added that during tough times, she watched her future second husband on TV.
 
“I always though Ted was brilliant,” she said. “When I was going through sad times, I’d watch ‘Cheers’ at the end of the day to make me feel better. Then I discovered it was easier to just sleep with Sam the bartender.”
 
The couple would married in October 1995.
 
Today, Steenburgen said she’s happier than ever with the “ridiculously talented” 69-year-old, who continues to support her own Hollywood career.
 
“I shoot [Fox’s] ‘The Last Man on Earth’ from August to February, and Ted shoots [NBC’s] ‘The Good Place’ from February to August, so there’s never a time when we’re both free,” she said. “We help each other learn lines every night.”

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The 'Dodgeball' Cast Reunites For What's Basically 'Dodgeball 2'


The thought of getting an actual “Dodgeball 2” is really a true underdog story.
 
In lieu of that, the cast of “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story” has reunited for a four-minute video that’s essentially a sequel to the film.
 
In the new video from Omaze, Ben Stiller meets up with Vince Vaughn, Justin Long and Christine Taylor ― despite the pair’s recent real-life separation ― in honor of an upcoming dodgeball game for charity. 
 
You can get involved, too. In between getting back into their movie characters and hitting Justin Long in the head with a wrench, Stiller and the others implore people to enter online for a chance to play dodgeball with them and support the The Stiller Foundation. 

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Teresa Giudice's Lawyer Blasts Claims She's Cheating on Husband Joe: 'This Is the Embodiment of Fake News'


Even though Teresa Giudice is separated physically from her husband, Joe, as he serves out a 41-month prison sentence, the reality star insists she has remained faithful.
 
Despite recent reports claiming the Real Housewives of New Jersey has stepped out on Joe as he serves time for bankruptcy fraud at the Federal Correctional Institution in Fort Dix, New Jersey, Teresa’s lawyer James J. Leonard tells PEOPLE that speculation about any estrangement or infidelity between the spouses, both 45, is “the embodiment of fake news.”
 
Leonard says “manufactured” stories about the parents of four “all sizzle and no steak. Sadly, Teresa is used to this. She and her family have been a target of these types of attacks for years.”
 
A source close to the show also tells PEOPLE “There’s no truth in [any suggestion of] an affair.”
 
Leonard adds that the couple “speak every day” and that “Teresa saw Joe two weeks ago and will be seeing him this weekend for Father’s Day. “
 
The Giudices were both convicted of bankruptcy fraud in October 2014 and allowed to serve time separately. Joe’s prison stint came just months after Teresa was released on Dec. 23, 2015 after a nearly 11-month sentence.
 
In October of last year, rumors of Joe’s infidelity continued to spread on an episode of RHONJ when boutique owner Kim D. resurfaced the allegations — suggesting Joe had been unfaithful to Teresa during her 11-month prison stay with a mysterious “blonde” and a number of “brunettes.”
 
But speaking exclusively with PEOPLE in February 2016, both Teresa and Joe denied the allegations, and the RHONJ star vowed that her husband had an implicit trust that when he went to prison, she would be faithful to him.
 
“I have single friends so if I’m going to be out and if there’s people around us and if there’s men around us, I’m not going to be like, ‘Oh my God, stay away from us, I’m afraid somebody is going to take a picture of us.’ I’m just going to live my life,” Teresa said at the time. “Joe trusts me, he knows I’m faithful, I know he’s faithful and that’s all that matters.”
 
“We’ve been married 16 years. Listen, we’re both devoted to each other, and I don’t have a collar around his neck,” she added. “If we didn’t want to be around each other we would both go our separate ways.”
 
Teresa has been married to Joe since 1999 and shares daughters Gia, 16, Gabriella, 12, Milania, 11, and Audriana, 7, with the businessman.
 
In the time since the couple was sentenced to each serving time in prison, they both have functioned as single parents while caring for their girls.
 
This past September, Teresa told PEOPLE that while it’s emotionally difficult to be apart from Joe — who is not a citizen of the United States and could be sent back to his native Italy at the end of his prison sentence — her children are managing to carry on.
 
“They’re doing good,” she said of her daughters. “I’m sure it wasn’t easy, but a little easier because they went through it with me so they know what to expect. But they miss him tremendously, they always say we miss dad. They miss him. You can feel his absence, our family’s definitely incomplete without him.”
 
“What keeps me busy is my girls. I swear, that’s what makes the days go by. If I didn’t have them, I’d probably go crazy,” she admitted. “Then I would really think about him 24/7 and it wouldn’t be easy. That’s what he said, too: ‘That’s what got me through the day was the girls. They kept me busy.’ And that’s how I am, I’m going through the motions of each day. I just can’t wait for each day to pass by for him to come home.”

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Dany Finally Sets Foot On Westeros In New 'Game Of Thrones' Photos


The Queen has arrived. 
 
“Game of Thrones” fans got more glimpses at the upcoming Season 7 thanks to some newly released photos from HBO. The network shared 17 images with international media this week, showing snapshots of everyone’s favorite characters.
 
Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is finally back on the shores of Westeros for the first time after fleeing in the wake of her father’s, the Mad King’s, death. 
 
“Right now, I’m sort of feeling — with her — optimistic,” Clarke told the Belfast Telegraph. “She’ll probably need some help, though. I’ll definitely be disappointed if she doesn’t make it. I think that there was always that idea that she would know where she was going to, but the reality is frightening. I mean, I always believed that Dany had the highest of hopes for what kind of impact she could leave on this world. She is continuously reaching for purest level of rulership — is that a word? I just made it up.” 
 
 
Meanwhile, the Starks are in the snowy North. Fans can see Bran (Isaac Hempstead Wright) in the snow and Jon (Kit Harington) looking pensive. The undying Beric Dondarrion (Richard Dormer) appears to be near Winterfell, as well, riding alongside Sandor “The Hound” Clegane (Rory McCann). 
 
 
Sam (John Bradley) and Gilly (Hannah Murray) are getting to studying up at the Citadel.  
 
“Game of Thrones” returns to HBO on July 16. Season 7 will feature the longest episode ever, “coming in around 90 minutes,” showrunner David Benioff told Entertainment Weekly. 

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Sherlock Season 5: Everything You Need To Know


Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson have solved 'The Final Problem' - but was that really the last we'll see of the Baker Street Boys?
 
There have been conflicting reports as to whether or not Sherlock is over for good, with plenty of chatter to suggest that the great detective could perhaps stage another resurrection.
 
Sherlock season 5: Is it going to happen?
 
Is there life in the great detective yet? Series co-writer Steven Moffat stated in mid-2016 that "it's unlikely" Sherlock will disappear entirely - comments echoed by his cohort Mark Gatiss in 2015.
 
"We're all constantly thrilled and amazed by people's enthusiasm for Sherlock," he told Digital Spy at the time. "We hope to carry on as long as we can."
 
"Re: Sherlock's future - for those of you asking, it's definitely the end. Of Chapter One," Moffat later wrote in January 2017, after the fourth series had aired.
 
"Dr Watson is now Doyle's brave widower and Sherlock Holmes has become the wise and humane version of the main run of the stories (we've focused, so far, on the cold Holmes of the early days.)
 
"Whether we ever get to Chapter Two - our boys consciously living the myth and battling wrong-doers - rather depends on our two stars. I'd be slightly surprised if we never made it again. But I've been surprised before."
 
While it's possible he'll simply be too busy to continue - more on that later - Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken of his desire to play Sherlock well into old age - Sussex farm, beekeeping and all.
 
Cumberbatch has also insisted that while the fourth series will be "the last one - for now", he's super-keen to "keep revisiting" Sherlock.
 
"The idea of never playing him again is really galling," he said, while cautioning that "it's not going to happen again at the same regularity that it has been happening."
 
One thing's for certain - Sherlock without Cumberbatch (or Martin Freeman) is NOT an option: "We couldn't do it without him, of course not," Gatiss insisted. "We couldn't recast Sherlock"
 
Sherlock season 5 air-date: When could it premiere?
 
Sherlock's scheduling has been anything but regular: with an 18-month gap between its first two series, a wait of two more years between series two and three, a one-off special after another two-year wait, then one more series of three films after another 12-month break.
 
So given that we've been warned to expect a long wait, how long could we realistically be looking at before we (potentially) get more?
 
On the decision to kill off Mary (Amanda Abbington) in series four's opener rather than its finale, Moffat explained that he didn't want to have to wait "two years" to explore the resulting rift between John and Sherlock.
 
So could we get another series - or at least a special - in 2019? It's not out of the question, but Moff may just have been speaking very generally... and 24 months isn't much longer than we've been made to wait in the past.
 
Speaking on The One Show in June, Andrew Scott - Jim Moriarty - said: "I don't think there's another series of Sherlock coming soon. We're not doing it for another couple of years. Everybody got quite busy, you know? [And] you want to keep it fresh."
 
Sherlock season 5 cast: What's holding up more episodes?
 
From the mouth of Moffat: "The ratings were extremely good so I guess they'll ask us [to do Sherlock] again, and then we'll have to see first of all if we have three films we want to make, and then if Benedict [Cumberbatch] and Martin [Freeman] have the time, schedule and inclination."
 
Yes, the big thing stalling more Sherlock is that the cast are booked up on other projects, especially the show's two leads.
 
Cumberbatch is now tied to a multi-picture movie deal with Marvel - plus he's an Oscar nominee these days, so probably not short of other offers.
 
Photo credit: Marvel/BBC/Hartswood Films/Robert Viglasky
 
Freeman, too, is taking the Marvel dollar, with his Captain America: Civil War character Everett K Ross due to reappear in 2018's Black Panther - and he'll also be fielding other film offers.
 
Plus - though you might have missed it - he's now attached to a second TV series, the thriller StartUp on streaming service Crackle (it's like a less-famous Netflix).
 
"I honestly don't know if there will be any more. It's incredibly difficult to get Benedict and Martin's diaries to align," Gatiss said.
 
And that's just the start of it. Louise Brealey (Molly Hooper) is a lead in BBC Three's racy new thriller Clique and, while Moffat will be giving up his showrunner duties on Doctor Who as of 2018, he's spoken of his desire to work on an original project in the near future.
 
Sherlock season 5 episodes: Which stories could be adapted?
 
Don't think that Moffat or Gatiss are spent when it comes to Sherlock, though - "there are ideas" which the pair are still hoping to tackle in future.
 
"Mark's always wanted to do 'The Red-Headed League' [and] there's 'The Engineer's Thumb', which is a slightly mad story that doesn't have a proper ending," Moffat said.
 
"There's an element of 'The Greek Interpreter' that I think is really exciting, which hasn't been done, because in our version of events Irene Adler is still out there. There's always that."
 
While the show very much forges its own path, it's always been at least part-inspired by Conan Doyle's original stories - many of which have already been adapted, or at least touched upon, since 2010.
 
His four full-length Holmes novels have been cannibalised - 'A Study in Scarlet' as 'A Study in Pink', 'The Sign of the Four' as 'The Sign of Three', 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' as 'The Hounds of Baskerville' and 'The Valley of Fear' as 'The Blind Banker'.
 
With so many stories yet to tell, far from being done, Sherlock could have a long future ahead of it... but will it be on television?
 
With 90-minute episodes already screening in cinemas, it wouldn't be a huge leap for the show to spin off into a bona-fide motion picture.
 
Cumberbatch has acknowledged that a film is one of the options going forward, along with another series on TV in "a few years' time" being possible, as well as "one-offs".
 
He did, however, add: "In the past when I've done anything that's had a success in its original format, the idea of then transposing it always scares me a little bit."
 
Whatever happens, whichever medium Sherlock finds itself in, you can be sure of one thing - Moffat and Gatiss have no plans to hand the franchise over to a new creative team.
 
"Of course, loads of other people will do Sherlock Holmes and we'll be the first people to watch those," Moffat has said. "But our version is our version."

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Demi Moore Reveals She's Missing Her Two Front Teeth


Demi Moore has long been a glamorous Hollywood icon. From her days as a soap opera actress on General Hospital, to her star turn in films like St. Elmo’s Fire and Ghost, the latter of which garnered her a Golden Globe nomination, and even Striptease which, though it got mixed reviews at the time, made her the highest-paid actress in film history. And while neither her career nor her major red carpet moments have slowed down in the slightest, things aren’t always quite as elegant as they may appear. A fact she revealed to Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show with a picture revealing that the actress has lost her front two teeth.    
Moore stopped by the late night talk show to promote her new film Rough Night, but there was something slightly more pressing that Fallon needed to address with the actress. After complimenting her on her look for the evening, the host said, “You sent us a photo and it’s the most insane thing I’ve ever seen,” adding, “How did this happen?” holding up a photo which shows Demi smiling at the camera with one of her front teeth totally missing. Something she says her children find endlessly hilarious, although they also feel it makes her looks more “human” and “vulnerable.”
“I sheared off my front teeth. I’d love to say it was skateboarding or something really kind of cool, but I think it’s something that’s important to share because I think it’s literally, probably after heart disease, one of the biggest killers in in America, which is stress. Stress sheared off my front tooth. But, in an effort to get ready for you, I wanted to make sure my teeth were in.” So in case all of you overworked people out there weren’t already riddled with enough anxiety, you can go ahead and thank Demi for adding just a little bit more with this terrifying orthodontia PSA.

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Anderson Cooper Hopes Former Co-Host Kathy Griffin 'Bounces Back'


Anderson Cooper may no longer be able to call Kathy Griffin a colleague, but he wishes her the best. 
 
“She and I have been friends for a long time, and I want nothing but good things for her,” Cooper said during a staging of his live show, “An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen: Deep Talks and Shallow Tales,” in Phoenix on Friday night, AZ Central reported.
 
“I wish her well, and I hope she bounces back and keeps doing what she does best, which is make people laugh,” he added later.
 
Griffin and Cooper previously hosted CNN’s New Year’s Eve coverage together, until she was fired for her depiction of President Donald Trump in a graphic photo shoot released late last month.
 
During an intense public backlash, Cooper said over Twitter that he was “appalled” by the imagery, which showed the comedian holding a prop styled as Trump’s bloodied head. Cooper added at the time, “It’s clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.”
 
The comedian, who was quickly dropped by sponsors and venues for the stunt, said that she had been “hurt” by her former co-host’s comment during a press conference earlier this month. But Cooper defended his criticism Friday, stating, “I think when you’re friends with somebody you can say that.” 
 
In front of reporters, Griffin expressed her belief that Trump and his family were “trying to ruin my life” in their response to her gruesome photos, while standing by her original apology, issued quickly after response to the images went south.
 
Anderson Cooper ✔ @andersoncooper
For the record, I am appalled by the photo shoot Kathy Griffin took part in. It is clearly disgusting and completely inappropriate.
9:26 PM - 30 May 2017
 
In Phoenix, Cooper clarified that he had “nothing to do” with the cable network’s decision to cut ties with the embattled comedian, but understands why it was made, he said, again noting that the photo shoot was “inappropriate.” 
 
“People were assuming I was somehow responsible for this,” he said, referring to the images, “and I just felt I should point out that I actually think this is pretty important as somebody who works overseas. You know, journalists get beheaded, and this is not a joke.”
 

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Chris Evans Denounces NBC For Megyn Kelly's Alex Jones Interview


Megyn Kelly’s upcoming interview with Alex Jones has already received a slew of backlash. Now, actor Chris Evans is adding his voice to those critical of NBC for giving the far-right radio show host and conspiracy theorist a platform. 
 
Captain America thinks the network should scrap the interview between Kelly and Jones, whose conspiracy theories range from claiming 9/11 was an “inside job” to calling the Sandy Hook massacre a hoax perpetrated by “actors.” He took to Twitter to call out NBC for what he perceives to be a ratings agenda:
 
Chris Evans ✔ @ChrisEvans
1. The motive behind this man's reckless insensitivity in calling Sandy Hook a hoax is no different than the motive behind @NBC choosing.. https://twitter.com/megynkelly/status/874053387389513728 …
4:38 PM - 12 Jun 2017
 
Chris Evans ✔ @ChrisEvans
@nbc 2. to air this interview. Human decency trampled by the quest for ratings.
4:38 PM - 12 Jun 2017
 
Evans, along with other celebrities and media figures, including Nelba Marquez-Greene ― a mother whose 6-year-old daughter was killed in the 2012 shooting ― spoke out against Kelly’s interview with Jones, set to air in full on Sunday, June 18. 
 
Nelba Márquez-Greene @Nelba_MG
Hey @megynkelly , let me know if you want to give his victims equal air time. Promoting this fool is bad news. Do not encourage his abuse. https://twitter.com/megynkelly/status/874053387389513728 …
9:24 PM - 11 Jun 2017
 
Nelba Márquez-Greene @Nelba_MG
Every week. 5 years later. Still harrased by truthers. You do NOT give crazy a platform. You're better than this @nbc https://twitter.com/demfromct/status/874079478263062528 …
9:45 PM - 11 Jun 2017
 
Nelba Márquez-Greene @Nelba_MG
In @megynkelly 's America, cruelty gets u on national TV on Father's Day. #SandyHook grieving dads will go to the cemetery. #thisisnotnormal
11:25 PM - 11 Jun 2017
 
Marie Connor @thistallawkgirl
Alex Jones is basically a member of the Westboro Baptist Church with a journalism degree from Trump University.
4:00 PM - 12 Jun 2017
 
 Ana Navarro ✔ @ananavarro
This is so painful for #SandyHook loved ones. I can't control what @NBC or others do, but I control what I do. I will not watch @megynkelly. https://twitter.com/nelba_mg/status/874225139445006336 …
4:09 PM - 12 Jun 2017
 
 andy lassner ✔ @andylassner
Hi @megynkelly, Will you be interviewing the parents of the kids murdered at Sandy Hook or just Alex Jones who called their deaths a hoax?
10:23 PM - 11 Jun 2017
 
For her part, Kelly responded to a Twitter user who said she “will help legitimize” Jones by giving him a national platform, saying that President Donald Trump has already done that. 
 
Megyn Kelly ✔ @megynkelly
POTUS's been on & praises @RealAlexJones' show. He's giving Infowars a WH press credential. Many don't know him; our job is 2 shine a light. https://twitter.com/justincarrier/status/874083673376739329 …
10:14 PM - 11 Jun 2017
 
”Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” premiered last week to 6.1 million viewers with Kelly’s interview with Russia’s Vladimir Putin. TV By The Numbers reported Monday that her second episode dipped to 4.35 million viewers. 
 
Reps for NBC and Kelly were not immediately available to comment. 
 

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It's Over! Amber Portwood Confirms Breakup With Matt Baier on Instagram


Buh-bye!
 
Teen Mom OG star Amber Portwood finally called it quits with fiancé, Matt Baier.
 
The couple put their engagement on hold a few weeks ago, but now it appears the reality star has ended things for good.
 
During a revealing Instagram livestream over the weekend, Amber made it clear the two were no longer an item.
 
She said, “Do you see him in my bed?” when a fan asked if she's still with Matt.
 
She went on to say that she's single and "has no man." However, due to her contract with Teen Mom, she was unable to go into further detail.
 
Just last week, a fan revealed that the couple were scheduled to appear at a Barnes & Noble location in Indiana so Matt could sign copies of his new book, You Have No F--king Idea: The Naked Truth About My Life and Amber would sign copies of Never Too Late — but they left fans disappointed after they never showed up.
 
"This was not my book signing and I'm pissed off I'm getting backlash for someone else's stupidity!!!" she wrote on Twitter.
 
 Amber Portwood ✔ @AmberLPortwood
This was not my book signing and I'm pissed off I'm getting backlash for someone else's stupidity!!!
12:32 AM - 7 Jun 2017
 
While they're not married, the two own several properties and have invested in multiple business ventures together.
 
A source told The Ashley's Reality Roundup, “There are a lot of legal issues between the two of them that would have to be worked through first for Matt to be formally put out."
 
“There is some stuff that would need to be wrapped up before they can officially call it quits. More may come out by next month,” the source added.

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Bobbi Kristina Brown's Former Boyfriend Nick Gordon Arrested in Florida for Domestic Battery


Bobbi Kristina Brown‘s former boyfriend Nick Gordon has been arrested for domestic battery and false imprisonment, Seminole County Sheriff’s office has confirmed to PEOPLE.
 
TMZ first reported that Gordon was taken into custody in Sanford, Florida, after his current girlfriend, identified by the sheriff’s office as Laura Leil, filed a police report Saturday morning alleging Gordon had beaten her Friday night and held her in her home. The sheriff’s office confirmed the charges to PEOPLE.
 
On Sunday, the sheriff’s office confirmed to PEOPLE that Gordon’s bond was set at $15,500 — $500 for the domestic battery charge and $15,000 for the false imprisonment charge. The judge ordered Gordon to not contact Leil and he will have to wear a GPS monitoring anklet if he posts bond. He is due back in court on Aug. 1.
 
Nick Gordon at his bond hearing
Gordon was previously found civilly liable for the death of his girlfriend Bobbi Kristina Brown — Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown‘s only child together. He was ordered to pay $36 million to the estate of his former girlfriend in November 2016.
 
On Jan. 31, 2015, Brown was found unconscious and unresponsive in the bathtub of the Georgia townhouse she shared with Gordon. She was later moved to a moved to a medical rehab center in March 2015, before she was transferred to an Atlanta-area hospice facility, where she died on July 26, 2015.

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After Delay, Trump's Family Joins Him In White House


As of Sunday night, the White House has two new occupants: US First Lady Melania Trump and her son Barron have finally moved in to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
 
Six months after President Donald Trump arrived, the Slovenia-born former model and the couple's 11-year-old son joined him, an aide to the First Lady told AFP.
 
The pair had previously stayed in New York so that Barron could complete the school year. He is expected to attend St. Andrews Episcopal school, just outside Washington, in the 2017-2018 session.
 
Before reaching the capital Melania and Barron descended the steps of Air Force One alongside President Trump at Joint Base Andrews, with the youngster -- decked in a tee-shirt that read 'The Expert' -- playing with a fidget spinner.
 
Melania's parents had joined them for the short flight from Bedminster, New Jersey, where Trump had spent the weekend at his golf course.
 
After arriving at the White House Melania tweeted a picture from a window looking on to the South Lawn and the Washington Monument.
 
"Looking forward to the memories we'll make in our new home! #Movingday" she wrote.
 
Melania is the first First Lady in modern history to delay her arrival in Washington after an election win.
 
During the week at least, Trump had been living alone in the vast, private quarters of the White House as he fends off the flood of reporting over Russia having allegedly meddled in the 2016 US election with the aim of helping him defeat Hillary Clinton.
 
The first lady has mostly kept a low profile since her real estate mogul husband became president.
 
Arguably, her biggest public outing came last month when she and Trump visited the Middle East and Europe on a trip that the White House later praised as a resounding success.

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Cheating Rumors Hit Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez, Plus More News


The romance between Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez has looked like perfection from the outset, with A-Rod gushing about how "incredible" his lady is and J.Lo praising Alex for being "so supportive." This week, however, two rumors surfaced with allegations that seemed to destined to change things. So what's really up with these two? According to the National Enquirer, Alex is being badmouthed by a woman named Lauren Hunter who claims she's had a steamy affair with him for the past five years, said he's cheated on Jen and made various claims about his sexual preferences. Shortly after Lauren spoke to the tab, TMZ reported a mysterious "ex" was trying to shake down the former Yankees star for $600,000. E! News reports the ex has threatened to reveal incriminating text messages from Alex if he doesn't pay up. None of the rumors seem to be putting a dent in their relationship, though. "Jennifer knows what's going on. Alex has been very honest," a J.Lo insider tells People. "She doesn't believe he has gone behind her back since they started dating. They both have a past. Jennifer is focused on now and her future with Alex. She isn't going to let someone from Alex's past ruin what she has with him. They are one big, happy family and that will continue. Jennifer has never felt more loved and taken care of than with Alex. He is her biggest fan. He supports and encourages her every day. She has nothing but amazing things to say about him." After the couple flew to Las Vegas together last week ahead of Jen's shows there, they both shared a photo of themselves swimming with their kids with happy, "Sunday funday" captions. For now, at least, it looks like they're not letting the rumors get to them.

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Elvis' Granddaughter Riley Keough Says It Was Her Choice To Pursue An Acting Career


Even though she's the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, Riley Keough said it's always been up to her whether or not she pursued a life in showbiz. 
“I didn’t feel like I had no choice, but… it was something that was attainable to me,” the 28-year-old actress told the New York Daily News. “As opposed to a lot of people I hear are like ‘Oh, I thought I’d never be an actor.’ It didn’t feel as unattainable, because I was around a lot of it.”
 
Keough explained that unlike her grandfather, or even mother Lisa Marie Presley, she wanted to chase her passion for acting — not music. That’s why she isn’t concerned with constant reminders that she’s related to The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
 
“I’m a generation removed, so I don’t feel that pressure very hard,” she said. “I’m also just trying to act. I think if I was a musician, maybe that would be a stressful thing, but I don’t really feel that.”
 
Keough is poised to appear in six films this year alone. Her only horror movie, titled “It Comes at Night,” is scheduled to premiere June 9.
 
Keough previously starred as a young escort in Starz’s “The Girlfriend Experience.”
 
“It’s not something you see as a lead character on a TV show,” she shared in 2016. “I wouldn’t say [my character] is extremely likeable or morally correct. She’s very controlling, manipulative and kind of selfish and likes sex. It’s kind of a character you see more for a man, and it kind of drew me to the show.”
 
However, Keough admitted she felt uncomfortable to have some of her family watch the series.
 
“I don’t really want to show men in my family the show to be honest,” she revealed. “My mother has seen the show. She likes it. She’s pretty progressive. She understands art.”

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Ariel Winter's Estranged Mom Criticizes Daughter's Skimpy Outfits: 'She Needs to Grow Up'


Ariel Winter’s estranged mom, Chrystal Workman, is not happy with her daughter flaunting her figure. The Modern Family star has been an outspoken advocate for positive body image. But that also means Ariel has no problems showing off her body in revealing outfits.
 
Workman spoke to InTouch Weekly about her 19-year-old daughter and said, “She needs to grow up. I would tell her to dress properly, be the beautiful person she is. I feel sad that she feels the need to expose herself when it’s not necessary.”
 
Winter’s mom added, “Ariel is smart, beautiful and talented. She is a legitimate actress. She does not need to do this. She is beautiful with her clothes on.”
 
The actress then hit up Twitter to respond to her mom’s interview. Winter wrote, “What’s sad is that you lie consistently. Also, why is it that you only choose to talk to me through the press? I’m doing just fine. Toxic.”
 
Ariel was released from her mom’s care in 2015 after accusing her of physically and emotionally abusing her. Workman addressed the allegations to InTouch and said, “I would not do that.”

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Jerry Seinfeld Explains Why He Refused to Hug Kesha: 'You Don't Hug a Total Stranger'


In a new interview, Jerry Seinfeld stands by his decision to turn Kesha down cold for a hug — three times!
 
The comedian unintentionally got people laughing this week by refusing a hug from Kesha on the red carpet at A Night of Laughter and Song at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Monday. He was giving an interview when the “Tik Tok” singer broke in, and, well, by now you (and all your Twitter friends) know what happened.
 
“I’m 63, I don’t know every pop star,” Seinfeld explained to Extra on Thursday. “I don’t know everyone.”
 
He added, “I was right in the middle of an interview, it was a little off.”
 
Besides that, Seinfeld said he’s not one to give hugs lightly, as anyone who watched Seinfeld knows. And certainly not to “total strangers.” (At the time of Hug-gate 2017, Seinfeld told his interviewer, “I don’t know who that was.” Kesha fans did not appreciate that.)
 
“When you get to be my age and you’ve done a couple things, you have your own reality,” Seinfeld said. “In my reality … I don’t hug a total stranger. I have to meet someone, say hello. I gotta start somewhere. Hug isn’t first moment of a human, two humans. I never did that.”
 
Seinfeld gets it that people might think they know him after watching him on TV, but still.
 
“I’m so flattered by that, but the TV only works one way. I can’t see who’s watching.”
 
In his defense, that appears to be true.
 
Seinfeld also noted that once he and Kesha had a proper introduction inside the D.C. event, they had a moment.
 
“She was very nice about it, we laughed about it,” the Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee star revealed.
 
But they did not hug it out.
 

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Networks Will Interrupt Daytime Shows For Real-Life Soap As Comey Testifies


CBS, NBC and ABC are setting aside regular daytime programming to air former FBI director James Comey’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday. 
 
The hearing begins at 10 a.m. ET, when Comey will discuss his interactions with President Donald Trump and face questions from the panel.
 
CBS announced Tuesday that it would be airing coverage hosted by Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King and Charlie Rose of “CBS This Morning.” NBC will offer coverage hosted by Savannah Guthrie of the “Today” show, while ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will host coverage on that network, per Variety. 
 
Coverage of the highly anticipated event will elbow aside shows like “Let’s Make a Deal” in local markets on CBS and “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and “Rachel Ray” in local markets on ABC. NBC’s “Today” show typically runs through the time slot. It will preempt regular daytime soaps and talk shows.
 
The decision to interrupt scheduled programming for such an event is unusual. But considering how other Washington drama ― in the form of White House press secretary Sean Spicer’s press conferences ― has been a ratings boon for cable news networks, it’s likely to be a smart move.
 
The hearing is already generating plenty of buzz. A BBC reporter said it would likely be “the biggest piece of political theater the nation’s capital has seen in a generation,” and bars around the D.C. area are planning to open early with themed drinks. (One particularly aggressive establishment will reportedly offer free drinks every time Trump tweets during the testimony. Oh, and Trump may be live-tweeting.)
 
President Trump fired Comey last month in a surprise memo. On Thursday, the former FBI director will testify that the president asked for “loyalty” and suggested the FBI stop investigating former national security advisor Mike Flynn, whom Trump characterized as “a good guy.” 
 
The full text of Comey’s testimony, including his assertion that Trump made him feel “uneasy,” has been made public at the former director’s request.

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Israel's In Love With Its Homegrown Wonder Woman Gal Gadot


For a country that takes pride in even the smallest successes of its international celebrities, the debut of Wonder Woman has sparked an Israeli lovefest for homegrown hero Gal Gadot.
 
A huge billboard overlooking Tel Aviv's main highway is tagged with a provincial "we love you" greeting, her Hebrew-accented appearances in the international media are reported upon daily and throngs of fans cheer wildly upon seeing her on the big screen. Even Lebanon's ban of the film hasn't dampened the mood in Israel, where Gadot's superhero status has been embraced as a national treasure.
 
"It's so cool that someone from here is succeeding and is famous overseas. Everyone in the theater was so excited," said 20-year-old Ela Hofshi of Jerusalem, who watched the movie on opening night. "I think all the enthusiasm here is very supportive and encourages her to keep growing in the world and representing us."
 
Eager for diversions from politics and conflict with the Palestinians, Israelis often rejoice when one of their own breaks through on the international stage, whether it's Omri Casspi in the NBA, medal-winning Olympic athletes or big-name model Bar Refaeli. But Gadot's ascendance to stardom has entered a whole new stratosphere as she has assumed the identity of Wonder Woman in a box-office smash that raked in more than $100 million in its first weekend in theaters.
 
The role has instantly transformed Gadot into arguably the world's most famous Israeli and the country's most high-profile ambassador. In contrast to Refaeli, whose aloof demeanor, refusal to perform her compulsory military service and a tax-dodging scandal have alienated many Israelis, Gadot has been widely embraced. In interviews, she often speaks in accented English of her military service, a rite of passage for most Israeli Jews, which has made her even more beloved at home.
 
"She bears the burden of being Israeli with grace and you can see that fame hasn't changed her," said Ariel Oseran, 27. "She represents the 'good Israeli' and does us a great service. When she talks about the army, it shows that serving in the military is not a bad thing. It's something inspiring. It makes every one of our female soldiers seem like Wonder Woman."
 
Gadot grew up in the Tel Aviv suburb of Rosh Haayin and somehow stumbled into stardom. She was chosen Miss Israel in 2004 at the age of 18 and represented the country in the Miss Universe pageant that year. She then put off her modeling career to enlist in the military, where she served two years as a combat fitness instructor. In 2007, she took a part in the Maxim photo shoot "Women of the Israeli Army."
 
After a year of law school, a casting director invited her to audition for a James Bond movie. She didn't get the part, but it led to her big Hollywood break in 2008 when she was cast in the "Fast & Furious" movie franchise as Gisele Yashar, an ex-Mossad agent.
 
She first portrayed Wonder Woman in last year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," before headlining this weekend's release of "Wonder Woman," the first Hollywood film exclusively devoted to the DC Comics heroine.
 
In promoting the film, Gadot made the rounds of American talk and late night shows, charming the hosts with her down-to-earth personality. In an interview with ABC's morning show, Gadot, who recently gave birth to her second child, joked that being pregnant as Wonder Woman was harder than being a soldier in the Israeli army.
 
Gadot, who performs her own stunts, has attracted fans with a public image that empowers women. For the film's Los Angeles premiere, she showed up in $50 flats from Aldo rather than pricey heels. When asked, she responded "it's more comfortable."
 
Her mother, Irit Gadot, a former gym teacher, said that's just who her daughter is.
 
"She has a certain personal charm, a certain simplicity," she told Israel's Channel 10 TV. "What she is is what you see."
 
In Israel, she has avoided the types of scandals that often plague celebrities and has been showered with love. Theaters have erupted into cheers when she appears on screen, and some fans even broke into tears of joy on opening weekend.
 
Locals excitedly noted how Gadot's Israeli accent was mimicked by her co-stars as the supposed dialect of Wonder Woman's idyllic Amazonian island of Themyscira.
 
Haaretz film critic Uri Klein praised her performance, which he said was "likely to contribute to the pleasure for those who want to envelop the viewing experience in national Israeli pride."
 
Her identity has also made her a target of anti-Israel boycott activists who attacked her on Twitter as a "Zionist" and pushed to have the film banned in Lebanon. Opponents noted Gadot had praised Israel's military on Facebook during the 2014 Israel-Gaza war, sending prayers to soldiers "who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas." The military, while defending its actions as a response to Hamas rocket fire, nonetheless draw heavy international criticism for the heavy Palestinian civilian death toll.
 
Michal Kleinberg argued in a column on the Nana10 website that Gadot represented far more than mere national pride.
 
"This is not one of ours who managed to squeeze into a fashion show or an important competition, it's one of ours in the most leading role a woman can get in a Hollywood film," she wrote. "Gadot is objectively (really!) perfectly cast for the role. It's not that Hollywood has a shortage of beautiful, fit, athletic brunettes, but an Israeli actress has something a Hollywood one doesn't. As much as it sounds cliche, she offers a sort of chutzpah, spice and relatability."

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Jessica Simpson Criticized for Sharing Bikini Photo of 5-Year-Old Daughter


Jessica Simpson has kicked off a debate surrounding whether or not parents should share images of their children wearing bathing suits on social media.
 
The singer posted photos of her daughter, 5-year-old Maxwell Drew, wearing a bikini to Instagram and was quickly criticized by followers who felt they were “inappropriate.”
 
“Too much too soon. Not cool in a world filled with perves!” one commenter wrote. “Protect your children. This is not for social media,” another added.
 
 
One Instagram user, who identified herself as a fellow mother, explained why she would never post a photo of her own young daughter in swimwear. “I just read an article about predators using innocent photos like this and photoshopping them for their disturbing use and circulating them to their ‘friends,'” she wrote. “Those are the ones best left in our photo albums.”
 
But hundreds more of Simpson’s followers have also come to her defense. “If she’s comfortable with her daughter wearing that particular bathing suit then it’s no one’s right to judge her,” one Instagram user wrote.
 
“To everyone warning Jessica Simpson that people will sexualize her daughter because of this picture, that’s exactly what you’re doing,” another commented. “She’s a child. See this for what it is: a picture of a child having fun. If you’re worried for her safety then teach your kids about consent and discuss how outfits and presentation don’t imply consent to engage in sexual behavior with anyone.”
 
Flip or Flop star Christina El Moussa was similarly shamed for posting a picture of herself in a bikini with her daughter. “Welcome to the family!! @cashiethefrenchbulldog,” the HGTV star wrote to accompany the photo. A few days later, she shared a picture from the same day and in response to the backlash she wrote, “it’s cali people it’s what we do*.”

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Why A 'Friends' Reunion Keeps Matthew Perry Up At Night


A "Friends" revival may be a dream for the show's biggest fans, but it appears to be a nightmare for at least one of its stars.
Matthew Perry is having some sleepless nights over how well received a new "Friends" show would be.
"When I'm asleep, I have this nightmare that we do 'Friends' again and nobody cares," Perry told Variety in an interview published on Monday. "We do a whole series, we come back, and nobody cares about it."
That won't stop fans for asking for it, especially with all the reboots of popular shows such as "Twin Peaks," "Arrested Development" and "Gilmore Girls."
It's a frequent request of the cast which along with Perry included Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, and David Schwimmer.
In December Aniston told ITV that fans shouldn't count on a reunion.
"I don't know what we would do," she said. "I think that period of time was sort of nostalgic, you know?"
Related: Jennifer Aniston dashes 'Friends' reunion hopes
Perry echoed that sentiment and said if anyone asks him he will say no.
"The thing is: We ended on such a high," he said. "We can't beat it. Why would we go and do it again?"

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Tom Hanks Thinks 'Toy Story' Theory About Andy's Mom Is 'Fantastic'


“Toy Story” conspiracists, you’ve got a friend in Tom Hanks.
 
The Oscar-winning actor has now heard that “Toy Story” theory, claiming Andy’s mom was secretly Jessie’s first owner, and he thinks it’s fantastic.
 
The theory, which went viral after appearing on Pixar theorist Jon Negroni’s blog, all comes down to Andy’s hat.
 
If you look at the hat, it’s clear it’s not modeled after Woody’s, but it does look an awful lot like Jessie’s. The hat just seems to be missing the white lace that goes around it, says Negroni, but there is “a faded mark where the white lace should be.”
 
The theory points out that in a “Toy Story 2” flashback, Jessie’s previous owner, Emily, also appeared to have a Jessie-style hat, except hers had the white lace.
 
Other scenes in the flashback sequence make it seem like this took place well in the past. From that, fans speculate that Jessie’s previous owner grew up to be Andy’s mom. She passed down her Jessie hat to Andy, and it lost the white lace along the way. 
 
Mind blown? Ours, too.
 
HuffPost asked Hanks, who voices Woody in the “Toy Story” movies, about the theory while chatting with him at an ACLU event in March. And, he’s into the idea.
 
“Sounds like a fantastic off-story, a little bit of fan knowledge to me,” said Hanks. “And I’m sure the folks at Pixar have paid attention to it. I’m not saying such a flashback might happen in the fourth movie, but check it out.”
 
He added, “Good idea.”
 
Hanks isn’t “saying” a flashback will happen, but the possibility of one is looking more and more likely.
 
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, “Toy Story” writer Pete Docter seemed to frown upon the notion that Jessie’s first owner was Andy’s mom, but you can’t rule out that he just wants to keep “Toy Story” secrets, you know, secret. He said:
 
“The interesting thing is that we’re now on ‘Toy Story 4,’ and still stuff that we discussed in [the original] ‘Toy Story,’ 20-something years ago, those ideas are still being used. So it just seems to be a very evergreen kind of story and a lot of stuff just keeps bubbling up, so it’s very interesting.” 
“Translation: We might get the answer in a later ‘Toy Story’ movie,” wrote ET.
 
Whether or not we ever find out real answers, it’s good knowing the theory is at least Hanks approved. All we gotta say is, “Thanks, T. Hanks.”

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George and Amal Clooney Welcome Twins Ella and Alexander


George and Amal Clooney have their hands full. The couple welcomed their highly anticipated twins today, a girl and boy named Ella and Alexander.
“This morning Amal and George welcomed Ella and Alexander Clooney into their lives. Ella, Alexander and Amal are all healthy, happy and doing fine. George is sedated and should recover in a few days,” his rep told People.
 
It didn’t take long for social media to ignite with celebrity well wishes for the new additions to the Clooney household.
 
The new father, 56, recently joked that he wanted to name the twins after the family business, but his wife had put a pin in that from the start. “My wife says I can’t name them Casa and Amigos,” George joked.
 
Interestingly, it was Julie Chen who revealed the couple’s pregnancy news on The Talk back in February. “Congratulations are in order for George and Amal Clooney. The Talk has confirmed that the 55-year-old superstar and his highly accomplished 39-year-old attorney wife are expecting twins,” she said.
 
Though George had been very vocal in his bachelor days about the fact that he had no desire to have children, he clearly had a change of heart after marrying the human rights lawyer in 2014. “I don’t know how you fully digest [having two], but I’m excited,” he told ET in March. “It will be fun.”
 
Fortunately, Amal, 39, had a smooth pregnancy. On May 24, an insider revealed, “Amal is great. She’s healthy, excited, and looking forward to becoming a mother. She is taking it very easy.” The source added that George and Amal were eager for the arrival of their children in the days leading up to their birth.
 
“They’re counting down [the days] and pretty much at the edge of their seats. Every day, one of them is like, ‘It’s going to be today. I can feel it.’ And then it doesn’t happen,” the insider explained.
 
While there’s no doubt that big changes are in store for the Clooneys now that the little ones have arrived, celebrity pal Cindy Crawford is certain they can handle it. “She’s just so amazing and they’re just so happy,” the supermodel gushed. “It just seemed like a natural next step.” Congrats to the proud parents!

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Bob Dylan Delivers A 26-Minute Nobel Prize Lecture


Bob Dylan has delivered the lecture required of him to keep the Nobel Prize money he won last year.
 
On Monday, the speech was posted online, and Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy, released a statement saying that "the Dylan adventure is coming to a close."
 
In the 26-minute talk, Dylan discussed books that left lasting impressions on him, including "Moby Dick," "All Quiet on the Western Front," and "The Odyssey."
 
"The themes from those books [and others that impacted him] worked their way into many of my songs, either knowingly or unintentionally," he said. "I wanted to write songs unlike anything anybody ever heard, and these themes were fundamental."
 
Dylan, 76, was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature, though he did not attend the awards ceremony in December. This past March, Danius announced that the singer had made arrangements to submit a taped lecture rather than give a live one. In April, he accepted his Nobel diploma and medal in Sweden, where he played two concerts -- though in order to collect the $870,000 prize, he needed to deliver the lecture within six months of his win.
 
The Swedish Academy was pleased with his effort.
 
"The speech is extraordinary and, as one might expect, eloquent," Danius said today.

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Senator Al Franken Cancels Bill Maher Appearance Amid Controversy


A spokesperson for Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) confirmed to HuffPost that the senator is canceling his appearance on the upcoming episode of “Real Time” in the wake of host Bill Maher’s use of a racial slur on-air.
 
“Senator Franken believes that what Bill Maher said was inappropriate and offensive, which is why he made the decision not to appear on the next episode of ‘Real Time,’” the spokesperson said in an emailed statement. “He was glad to see Bill, who the Senator considers to be a good friend, apologize and express sincere regret for his comment.”
 
Last Friday, Maher joked that he was a “house n****r” while in conversation with Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who invited Maher to “work in the fields” of his represented state. Maher later called his use of the term “offensive.” 
 
The backlash was strong enough for Maher to apologize ― something he’s known for rarely doing ― and for HBO to confirm that the network currently has no plans to fire him.
 
Symone Sanders, an activist and former national press secretary for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, plans to attend, although she hopes to have a discourse about Maher’s use of the “n-word.”
 
“I am still planning on doing the show Friday,” she said in an email. “I thought Maher’s comment, Ben Sasse’s reaction and the crowd’s applause were all equally distasteful, inappropriate and offensive. I am glad Maher too recognized as such and issued an apology.”
 
“I look forward to a dialogue about it and other pressing issues of the week on Friday,” Sanders continued. “The n-word is not a joke to be thrown about and it is never OK to make light of slavery and/or the experiences of enslaved people.”
 
Ice Cube, Former Rep. David Jolly (R-Fla.) and journalist David Gregory are also scheduled to appear on Friday’s episode. HuffPost did not receive an immediate comment from them as of press time.

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Kourtney Kardashian 'Disgusted' By Scott Disick's Recent Behavior


Scott Disick is persona non grata in Calabasas, Calif.
 
After his whirlwind PDA tour in Europe with multiple women — including Bella Thorne, Sofia Richie, Chloe Bartoli, Maggie Petrova, and Ella Ross (to name a few) — Disick did not receive a warm welcome from the Kardashians upon his return home.
 
Kourtney Kardashian is “disgusted” by Scott’s behavior.
 
“It’s not all of the women that has her concerned — even though she thinks it’s pathetic,” a source tells Yahoo Celebrity. “It’s his partying that has really pushed her over the edge. She’s disgusted.”
 
Kourtney, 38, knows that Scott, 34, is just trying to make her jealous with his parade of women because she’s hooking up with 24-year-old model and boxer, Younes Bendjima. However, she won’t stand for Scott slipping back into his old lifestyle. Adds our Kardashian insider: “She cares about her kids and their well-being first and foremost.”
 
Scott has had various slip-ups since completing rehab in 2015 for alcohol and substance abuse issues.
 
Although he was spotted grabbing lunch with two of his three kids — Mason, 7, and Penelope, 4 — on Saturday, his visits must be supervised. According to E! News, Disick is allowed to see the children “as of now” if an assistant or handler is present as Kourtney and Scott are currently not on speaking (or seeing each other) terms.
 
Our source tells us that “the whole Kardashian clan” is backing Kourtney and however she wants to handle the situation with her family.
 
“This is hardly the first time she’s been down this road,” says our insider. “[Kourtney]’s hoping he snaps out of it for the sake of their kids. She wants them to have a great relationship with their father.”
 
In the meantime, Kourt is keeping busy with her boy toy..

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Ariana Grande Leads Emotional Performance At Manchester Benefit Concert


Less than two weeks following the tragic attack at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England, the “Into You” singer triumphantly returned to the stage to perform at the One Love Manchester benefit concert. 
 
Originally organized to mark the May 22 suicide bombing that claimed the lives of 22 people in the Manchester Arena, Sunday’s concert took on added meaning after three assailants killed seven people and injured nearly 50 on Saturday night at the London Bridge and Borough Market in London.  
 
Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, said in a statement on Sunday that the singer’s show would go on with “greater purpose” following Saturday’s attack.  
 
When the 23-year-old singer, dressed in a One Love Manchester sweatshirt, finally walked onstage, the crowd erupted into cheers. She kicked off her performance with the upbeat “Be Alright,” and followed up with “Break Free.” The songs seemed to take on more powerful meanings during the Sunday night performance. 
 
Grande was visibly emotional, and appeared to tear up as she finished the songs. The singer thanked the crowd multiple times during the concert, at one point telling them, “The kind of love and unity that you’re displaying is the medicine the world really needs right now.” 
 
Hailey Maise @HaileyMaise
We love you so much and we are here to support you @ArianaGrande #OneLoveManchester
 
Stars such as Robbie Williams, Niall Horan, Pharrell Williams, Take That and Katy Perry also performed at the concert, infusing messages of strength and positivity throughout the night. Grande performed with various artists, including The Black Eyed Peas and Victoria Monet.
 
A particularly sweet moment came when Grande joined members of the choir of Parrs Wood High School, located in a Manchester suburb, to sing “You Are My Everything.” The group had many in the crowd in tears. 
 
After that performance, Grande introduced her boyfriend, rapper Mac Miller, to the stage to sing “The Way,” which they collaborated on in 2013. 
 
“Tonight’s all about love,” she said before he came out to join her. As the two performed together, their love for each other clearly radiated through. 
 
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'Tonight's all about love.' - @ArianaGrande #OneLoveManchester
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Then, Grande was joined my Miley Cyrus, who had performed earlier in the night. The singers performed their cover of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over,” which they first sang as part of Cyrus’ Backyard Sessions. 
 
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I love you girls. Thank you @mileycyrus for always support @ArianaGrande! #OneLoveManchester
 
In what may have been the most powerful moment of the show, Grande closed out the show by singing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” alone onstage. The stunning performance had many in the crowd in tears.
 
Grande herself was also overcome with emotion, breaking down before finishing the song. The crowd then erupted into cheers and the singer managed to get through the final bit beautifully. 
 
Proceeds from the benefit concert will go toward the Red Cross’ We Love Manchester emergency fund, in support of the victims and families of the May attack.

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Some of Bill Cosby's TV Family from The Cosby Show Will Support Him in Court During Sexual Assault Trial


Actress Keshia Knight Pulliam will appear at court in Norristown, Pennsylvania, Monday with her former TV dad Bill Cosby when he goes on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand, Cosby’s spokesman tells PEOPLE.
 
Pulliam, 38, played Cosby’s daughter Rudy on The Cosby Show.
 
And she’s not the only person who will be appearing at court.
 
Actress Phylicia Rashad, 68, who played his wife on The Cosby Show, will make an appearance at some point during the trial as well, Wyatt says.
 
Representatives for Pulliam, Rashad and Taylor could not immediately be reached for comment about their attendance at the trial.
 
Johnny Taylor, president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, will also appear at the courthouse with Cosby and Pulliam, says Andrew Wyatt, Cosby’s spokesman.
 
“Johnny feels Mr. Cosby has done so much for historically black colleges over his career and it’s important for him to show that support and say ‘Thank you’ because he has not been found guilty of anything,” Wyatt tells PEOPLE. “They’re coming in to hear the truth. Keshia feels the same way. She’s not here to proclaim guilt or innocence. She’s here to finally hear the truth for herself in the courtroom. She wants people to stop listening to the sensationalism and come hear the truth.”
 
Pulliam and Rashad have made public comments supporting the veteran comedian.
 
“I can only speak to the great man that I know and love, who has been so generous, who has been such a philanthropist, giving back millions of dollars to education and schools,” Pulliam told Access Hollywood Live in January 2015.
 
Cosby, 79, goes on trial Monday for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple employee Andrea Constand in January 2004. He has pleaded not guilty and denies similar allegations from more than 60 women. The trial is expected to last two weeks.
 
The Cosby Show aired from 1984 to 1992 on NBC and was one of the biggest TV hits of the 1980s.

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Erinn Hayes Exiting 'Kevin Can Wait' Amid Season 2 Creative Reset


Kevin Can Wait is consciously uncoupling its central duo.
 
Erinn Hayes, who portrayed Kevin James’ wife Donna in Season 1 of the CBS sitcom, will not be returning for Season 2, TVLine has learned exclusively. The news comes just one day after the network announced that James’ former King of Queens co-star, Leah Remini, will join the show as a full-fledged series regular following a buzzed-about guest stint at the end of Season 1.
 
It is currently unknown how Kevin Can Wait will address Hayes’ absence, but a source confirms to TVLine that the sitcom is heading in a new creative direction in Season 2.
 
In the Season 1 finale, retired cop Kevin temporarily returned to the force as part of an ongoing undercover op with former partner Vanessa Cellucci (Remini). After the case was closed, Kevin came home to learn that Donna had quit her job as a school nurse after being passed up for a promotion, meaning both of them were now unemployed. At the time, the character insisted that he had no intention of going back to work full-time, but the door was at least left open for that to be a possibility.
 
After being passed up for a promotion, Donna makes a stand and quits her job.
In addition to James and Remini, the Kevin Can Wait cast includes James’ real-life brother, Gary Valentine, who played cousin Danny on The King of Queens.
 
Kevin Can Wait Season 2 premieres on Monday, Sept. 25 at 9/8c.

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Netflix Cancels "Sense8" After 2 Seasons


After two seasons, Netflix has pulled the plug on "Sense8," the ambitious, globetrotting science fiction series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski.
 
The series -- about a "cluster" of diverse individuals who shared a mysterious connection that allowed to interact with each other around the world -- involved an ambitious production in the U.S., Iceland, Germany, Mexico, Kenya, South Korea and India, among other locations.
 
"After 23 episodes, 16 cities and 13 countries, the story of the 'Sense8' cluster is coming to an end," Netflix's Cindy Holland said in a statement.
 
"It is everything we and the fans dreamed it would be: bold, emotional, stunning, kick-ass and outright unforgettable," she said. "Never has there been a more truly global show with an equally diverse and international cast and crew, which is only mirrored by the connected community of deeply passionate fans all around the world."
 
Many of those fans took to Twitter to voice their displeasure at Thursday's news.
 
petø maturanda ∆ @apatheticheart
how i feel about #sense8 getting cancelled
 
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To the people who cancelled #Sense8 at Netflix - I hope all of your home appliances die at the same time, you wankers.
 
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 Jack Nessman @JackNessman
@netflix, you chose the FIRST day of #pridemonth to announce #Sense8's cancellation?!?
 
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Are you gonna fix this, right @netflix? #BringBackSense8 #Sense8
 
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Netflix: we pride ourselves on diversity and complex storytelling
Netflix: cancels the get down
Netflix: cancels #sense8
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Jennifer Garner Denounces People Magazine Cover Story About Divorce


Jennifer Garner can let those pesky pregnancy rumors go, but when it comes to misleading news stories about her divorce, she’s not here for it. 
 
The typically private actress took to her Facebook page Wednesday afternoon to “set the record straight” on a cover story People magazine ran in its new issue. The article, titled “Life After Heartbreak,” seemingly presents itself as an interview with Garner, but instead references insiders and sources who claim her split with Ben Affleck has “been the most difficult decision for her.”
 
Another insists Garner will “eventually” start dating again. “She’s certainly not jumping up and down and screaming, ‘I’m single!’ and planning dates,” the source says. “She still says Ben was the love of her life.”
 
Garner was quick to respond to the story, writing in a statement, “I did not pose for this cover. I did not participate in or authorize this article.” 
 
 
 
The 45-year-old adds that although this “isn’t a tragedy by any measure” it does affect herself and her young children with Affleck ― Violet, Seraphina and Samuel. 
 
“While we are here, for what it’s worth: I have three wonderful kids and my family is complete,” she joked of those frequent pregnancy reports. 
 
Garner and Affleck initially separated in June 2015 after 10 years of marriage. Although there were rumors of reconciliation over the last year, the pair officially filed for divorce in April. 

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Kathy Griffin to Hold Press Conference to Address Controversial Photo Shoot, 'Bullying From Trump Family'


Kathy Griffin and attorney Lisa Bloom have scheduled a press conference on Friday where Griffin will elaborate on her decision to do a photo shoot in which she held up a bloody prop that resembled Donald Trump’s severed head.
 
In a press announcement she posted on Twitter, Bloom said that she and Griffin will “explain the true motivation behind the image, and respond to the bullying from the Trump family she has endured.”
 
After she posted images from the photo shoot on Twitter on Tuesday, Griffin apologized, saying that she “went too far.”
 
Trump blasted Griffin for the image, saying that she should “be ashamed of herself,” and that his 11-year-old son, Barron, was “having a hard time with this. Sick!” Another one of Trump’s sons, Donald Trump Jr., also blasted Griffin, and challenged CNN for her role in its New Year’s Eve coverage.
 
CNN dropped Griffin from its New Year’s Eve telecasts on Wednesday. Griffin has not commented beyond an apology video she posted on social media.
 
The images were part of a photo shoot that Griffin did with photographer Tyler Shields.
 
Republicans have seized on the incident in an effort to tie Democratic candidates with her. The Congressional Leadership Fund, a Super PAC aligned with House Speaker Paul Ryan, began airing a spot called “Kathy” that characterizes her as a supporter of Jon Ossoff, a Democrat seeking an open seat in a Georgia special election later this month.
 
“It’s not funny. These angry liberals will go to any extreme to elect Jon Ossoff,” the ad says.
 
According to the Washington Examiner, Ossoff’s campaign issued a statement in which they called what Griffin did “despicable,” and called on his GOP opponent, Karen Handel, to “demand this ad be pulled before any more children have to see these disturbing images on TV.”
 
Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Thursday said that he believes that “it would be best” for Griffin not to take part in a planned July 7 event in Beverly Hills, in which she was told hold a conversation with him to talk about his new book. “I understand why Minnesotans were upset by this, and I take that very seriously,” Franken said, according to Politico. Republicans had been seizing on plans for the event to attack Franken.
 

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Justin Timberlake Scores $7 million "Discount" On New NYC Penthouse


Just because celebrities have all the money in the world doesn't mean they don't enjoy getting a bargain.  Take Justin Timberlake: he and his wife reportedly got a $7 million discount on a new New York City pad...which means they "only" paid $20 million for it.
According to the New York Post, Justin's new place is a four-bedroom penthouse at 443 Greenwich, in New York's Tribeca district.  When the property went into contract, it was listed at $27.5 million, but according to city property records, the couple actually bought it for $20.18 million.
By the way, that wasn't even close to being the most expensive unit in the building: another one sold for $44 million earlier this year.
According to the real estate site Curbed, JT's new home, which is over 5,300 square feet, features a private terrace that's nearly as big as the living space itself, with an "entertainment  room" that leads out onto the terrace.
Other stars who live in the building reportedly include Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively, and Jennifer Lawrence.

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Chloe Grace Moretz Responds to 'Red Shoes' Body Shaming Marketing Backlash: I'm 'Appalled' and 'Angry'


Chloe Grace Moretz is "appalled and angry" over the marketing for her upcoming animated film, Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs.
 
A billboard for the movie in Cannes, France, shows two women -- one tall, wide-eyed and thin, another shorter and heavier woman without makeup -- and the words, "What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 dwarfs not so short?"
 
The artwork caused backlash online, with many calling it body shaming. The 20-year-old actress took to Twitter on Wednesday to call out the poster and let her fans know that she had no involvement in the marketing plans.
 
"I have now fully reviewed the marketing for Red Shoes. I am just as appalled and angry as everyone else, this wasn't approved by me or my team," she tweeted. "Please know I have let the producers of the film know. I lent my voice to a beautiful script that I hope you will all see in its entirety."
 
"The actual story is powerful for young women and resonated with me," she added. "I am sorry for the offense that was beyond my creative control."
 
 Another star who is taken aback by the film's marketing is model Tess Holliday.
 
"How did this get approved by an entire marketing team? Why is it okay to tell young kids being fat = ugly?" she tweeted alongside the poster.
 
"You still shouldn't be using marketing to show a fat woman as undesirable. Get new material – It's lazy & not true/damaging to girls," Holliday continued.
 
According to the film's website, Red Shows & the 7 Dwarfs is a parody on the traditional Snow White story and follows a "normal girl born into extraordinary circumstances, she's a princess who doesn't fit into the celebrity world of princesses — or their dress size." While she wants to stay true to herself, she lives in a land where looks matter and finds it difficult to not want to be like others. Along the way, she learns to accept and love herself.
 
Unfortunately, the first trailer also caused some stir for how the dwarfs ogled at the princess as she was undressing.
 
A producer for the film also released a statement apologizing for the marketing campaign and trailer.
"We realize [the poster and trailer] has had the opposite effect from that which was intended. That advertising campaign is being terminated," the statement given to Salon.com stated. "Our film, a family comedy, carries a message designed to challenge social prejudices related to standards of physical beauty in society by emphasizing the importance of inner beauty. We appreciate and are grateful for the constructive criticism of those who brought this to our attention. We sincerely regret any embarrassment or dissatisfaction this mistaken advertising has caused to any of the individual artists or companies involved with the production or future distribution of our film, none of whom had any involvement with creating or approving the now discontinued advertising campaign."
 
Red Shoes & the 7 Dwarfs is slated to arrive in theaters in 2018.

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CNN Fires Kathy Griffin Over Controversial Anti-Trump Photo Shoot


Kathy Griffin is paying the price for that controversial anti-Trump photo shoot. While the comedian apologized profusely for holding a mock severed “head” — resembling Donald Trump’s — during a photo shoot with provocative shutterbug Tyler Shields, she’s taking a hit where it hurts: her wallet.
 
CNN announced on Wednesday that it had “fired” the redheaded firecracker from her New Year’s Eve hosting gig, which she’s held for a decade, opposite Anderson Cooper. “CNN has terminated our agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on our New Year’s Eve program,” the network said in a statement.
 
Cooper had already tweeted that he was “appalled” by the photo, which saw Griffin holding a “head” that looked like the president’s, covered with blood.
 
While Griffin, 56, faced the music and apologized pretty much immediately following the publication of the photo, that wasn’t good enough for CNN or Trump himself, who called her “sick” in a tweet on Wednesday morning.
 
Trump also said that his children were “having a hard time” with the photo, especially his 11-year-old son, Barron. (According to TMZ, the boy thought the head really was his dad’s. The story claims that he was “in front of the TV watching a show when the news came on and he saw the bloody image. We’re told that he panicked and screamed, ‘Mommy, Mommy!’”)
 
Griffin has also lost an endorsement with Squatty Potty over the incident. Company CEO Bobby Edwards, whose product is a toilet footstool designed to allow for better bowel movements (can’t make this stuff up), said he was “shocked and disappointed to learn about the image Ms. Griffin shared” and called it “deeply inappropriate” and “contrary to the core values our company stands for.” Griffin had recently been hired to appear in their ad campaign.
 
On Tuesday, Griffin apologized in a video shared on social media. She said, “I sincerely apologize. I am just now seeing the reaction of these images. I’m a comic. I crossed the line. I move the line, then I cross it. The image went way too far. The image is too disturbing. I understand how it offends people. It wasn’t funny. I get it. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my career. I will continue [to do so] … I ask for your forgiveness … taking down the image, gonna ask the photographer to take down the image, and I beg for your forgiveness. I went too far. I made a mistake, and I was wrong.”
 
Apologies can only get you so far, though, as Griffin is learning the hard way.

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From 'Scandal' To 'House Of Cards,' Political Dramas Are Suffering In The Trump Era


Television is like a time capsule. Inevitably an era’s anxieties and priorities are reflected through entertainment. If we want to pinpoint what was going on socially, culturally and politically at any given moment looking to the kinds of shows that appear on television isn’t the worst way to do it. 
 
That’s why the new series that networks announced earlier this month as part of their 2017–2018 schedules can offer some insight into how Donald Trump’s presidency is affecting both what viewers are watching and the kinds of shows networks are programming.
 
Back in December, ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey told audiences at the Content London media summit that the network was questioning its programming philosophy in the aftermath of Trump’s victory.
 
“With our dramas, we have a lot of shows that feature very well-to-do, well-educated people, who are driving very nice cars and living in extremely nice places,” she said. “There is definitely still room for that, and we absolutely want to continue to tell those stories because wish-fulfillment is a critical part of what we do as entertainers. But in recent history we haven’t paid enough attention to some of the true realities of what life is like for everyday Americans in our dramas.”
 
Ratings might have prompted that kind of self-reflection as much as Trump’s win. Nearly every politically driven show on both network and cable TV ― “Scandal,” “The Americans,” “Homeland,” “Madam Secretary,” “Designated Survivor” and “Quantico” ― saw a decline in viewership numbers through the election season and dropped further after Trump won. 
 
Cable news networks enjoyed huge ratings increases ahead of the election and continue to see impressive numbers as news of White House scandals break nearly every week. But a network like ABC, which airs “Scandal,” “Quantico,” and “Designated Survivor,” is definitely feeling the effects of political fatigue.
 
“Scandal,” in particular, feels like victim of the Trump era. Though the show’s ratings had been declining since 2015, it wasn’t in danger of being canceled. After the election, creator Shonda Rhimes would often say in interviews that she no longer knew what to do with the series now that Trump was president — the on-screen scandals handled by Olivia Pope and her Gladiators were still far more dramatic than anything on the nightly news, but the latest season’s first few episodes, which aired right after Trump’s inauguration, forced viewers to endure yet another election narrative and relive the loss felt on election night all over again. 
 
Even after the runaway success of the show’s early seasons, the announcement that “Scandal” would end after its seventh season didn’t come as a surprise. 
 
“I used to know how it ended, and then Donald Trump was elected. We had a destination, and I don’t know if that’s our destination anymore,” Rhimes told The Hollywood Reporter in April.
 
Similarly, she told The New York Times, “Our show is basically a horror story. Really. We say the people in Washington are monsters and if anybody ever knew what was really going on under the covers they would freak out. So they can do anything, they can murder people, they kill people and they get away with everything all the time.”
 
She added, “But that was based on a world in which Obama was president and our audience was happy about what was going on in Washington and they felt optimistic. You can always tell any horror story you want to when the light is on. But now the lights are off, and now I think people don’t want to watch horror stories, they want you to light a candle somewhere.”  
 
As for “Designated Survivor,” ABC’s freshman drama starring Kiefer Sutherland, the series premiered to strong ratings in September and then began hemorrhaging millions of viewers each week as the election drew closer and Trump won. Though the network wouldn’t flat-out blame ratings on Trump, Dungey came as close as she could.
 
“I think some of that has to do with White House politics fatigue ... It’s challenging right now in terms of making political shows just in general because there are big changes afoot in the world we live in, ” she told Entertainment Weekly in January, adding that the network planned on delving into the characters and their relationships. Which is another way of saying, they’re going to focus less on hard political storylines and rev up the romantic ones. 
 
After all of this, it seems that ABC didn’t rethink its programing philosophy after all. Rather than focus on series that show the reality of life for “everyday Americans” ― code for Trump voters ― when the new crop of shows were announced, Vanity Fair wondered if the network, which canceled its conservative-leaning hit “Last Man Standing,” was actually “quietly trolling” Trump?  
 
Counted among ABC’s new shows is “The Crossing,” in which “refugees from a war-torn country seek asylum in a small American fishing town, only the country these people are from is America ― and the way they are fleeing hasn’t happened yet.” There’s also “The Mayor,” which follows a rapper who runs for mayor as a publicity stunt and ends up winning. Both shows feel pretty pointed ― Dungey even called “The Mayor” “a timely riff on current events” ― but what might be even more telling are the pilots that ABC passed on.
 
The network declined to pick up the comedy “Libby & Malcolm” from “Blackish” creator Kenya Barris. Felicity Huffman and Courtney B. Vance were set to star as “two polar opposite political pundits, who fall in love despite all odds and form an insta-family as well as a work partnership.” ABC also passed on “Red Blooded,” a new drama from showrunner Marc Cherry, which was set to star Reba McEntire as the sheriff of a small town in Kentucky, “who finds her red state outlook challenged when a young FBI agent of Middle Eastern descent is sent to help her solve a horrific crime.”
 
Not having seen either show, it’s hard to say anything about either one, but both shows sound a little too on the nose when it comes to the let’s-put-our-differences-behind-us rhetoric. Given that political dramas (and even political comedies, in the case of “Veep”) are faltering in the Trump era, it’s not shocking that ABC would pass on these series.
 
That’s not to say audiences aren’t still thrilled by politics ― they just made MSNBC No. 1 in weekly primtime viewers for the first time in history ― but viewers are understandably exhausted and want to keep politics out of their entertainment. Plus, if anyone wanted to watch “two polar opposite political pundits” fall in love, they could just watch recently engaged co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski  bicker on “Morning Joe.”
 
Dungey previously told reporters that the current political climate was something ABC took into consideration when they crafted the fall schedule.
 
“There’s a lot of news, and I think people are definitely looking to television as a place where they want to feel — they want to laugh, they want to cry, they want to enjoy,” Dungey said during the network’s conference call before their presentation to advertisers earlier this month. “What the mood of the country has told us is that television is a little bit of an escape … That did frame a lot of our development thinking this season.”
 
If people are looking for an escape, that helps to explain why there are no less than eight superhero shows scheduled to premiere in the 2017–2018 season. “The Big Bang Theory” currently reigns supreme as TV’s  No. 1 show, suggesting audiences want to laugh more than they want to see political intrigue. “This Is Us” topped the charts among dramas, suggesting a yearning for stories focused on interpersonal relationships. Networks are doing their best in this new TV season to literally recreate the kind of programing that seems to be working ― see “Young Sheldon.”
 
The desire for some TV catharsis in the current political climate also explains why “Saturday Night Live” just wrapped its highest-rated season in years and why Stephen Colbert was just officially crowned the king of late-night for the 2016–2017 season. Audiences might be tired of watching what they perceive as a heavy-handed lecture on current events disguised as a soapy drama, but they are hungry for satire.
 
“It’s been harder in the past couple of years at ‘SNL’ because the culture is so fragmented. If you do a parody even of a huge show like ‘Game of Thrones,’ it doesn’t have the full cultural resonance of a ‘Cheers’ or ‘Friends,’” “SNL” writer and “Weekend Update” co-anchor Colin Jost told The Hollywood Reporter of the show’s increased popularity. “Whereas politics right now is probably the closest we’ve come to a full-blown national phenomenon as anything in a long time, and anytime people are paying more attention to politics, it’s good for our show. But you almost feel like a war profiteer at times because we’ve benefited from a situation that’s so tough.”

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Kim Kardashian Knew Marriage To Kris Humphries Was Over On The Honeymoon


Talk about bad timing: Kim Kardashian says she realized her marriage to Kris Humphries would end in divorce on their honeymoon.
 
The 36-year-old reality star told “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen that she felt pressured to marry the NBA star because she was getting older. 
 
“I just thought, ‘Holy s―, I’m 30 years old, I better get this together. I better get married,” she said. “I think a lot of girls do go through that where they freak out thinking they’re getting old and have to figure it out, all their friends are having kids. It was more of that situation.”
 
The former couple married in an over-the-top August 2012 ceremony that aired as a two-day, four-hour special on E!. The marriage lasted just 72 days before the reality star filed for divorce in October 2011.
 
In her interview with Cohen, the “Kimoji” creator said she knew “it wasn’t going to work out” on their honeymoon.
 
Their heavily publicized divorce was finalized in April 2013 and Kardashian went on to marry Kanye West in May 2014. The power couple have two kids: Daughter North and son Saint.
 
The secret to staying happily married to West, according to the reality star?
 
“I feel as though we’ll always be in the honeymoon period,” Kardashian told MailOnline a few months after tying the knot. “I try to treat him like it’s his birthday every single day. I think we’ll always be like that.” 

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Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix's Confirm Romance


Rooney Mara and Joaquin Phoenix are finally making things official, but their relationship has always been low-key.
 
The long-rumored couple stepped out for their first public event together at the Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony on Sunday, where they were spotted intimately chatting and warmly embracing after Phoenix won the best actor award for his performance in the drama You Were Never Really Here. They later left the gala hand in hand.
 
They were first rumored to be dating in early January when Page Six reported they had struck up a romance on the set of their biblical tale Mary Magdalene, where Mara plays the titular character and Phoenix stars as Jesus. The two were reportedly seen spending time together on and off set while filming last fall, including an outing on their Italian hotel’s balcony where they were seen hanging out while smoking.
 
Once back in the U.S., Mara, 32, and Phoenix, 42, were spotted leaving a detox spa in California just days after reports of a rumored romance broke. The private couple have only stepped out together a handful of times since then, including a grocery run shortly after they were first linked together. The two famously reclusive stars were seen smiling at each other as Mara carried grocery bags to the car.
 
Three weeks later, the two made their relationship awards-ceremony official when they jointly attended the Cannes Film Festival’s closing-night ceremony.
 
They were also spotted during a pre-Cannes breakfast outing in California in early May, where Mara matched Phoenix’s blue-striped sweater with her own yellow-and-brown-striped one.
 
Phoenix looked shocked as his name was called as the best actor winner, with Mara sweetly urging him to head to the stage to pick up the award as they warmly embraced.
 
“They were talking to one another nonstop,” a source tells PEOPLE of the two during the ceremony. “Small talk between them. Then they went for their car and he’s holding her hand like it was unconscious. Like it fits. They seem a totally natural and easy couple.”

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Ariana Grande confirms One Love Manchester benefit with Bieber, Katy, Pharrell, Miley, Coldplay & More


Ariana Grande is keeping her promise to stage a benefit concert for the victims and families of the Manchester bombing that killed 22 people following one of her concerts just over a week ago.  The show, called One Love Manchester, will take place this Sunday, June 4 on the Emirates Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.  Tickets go on sale Thursday via ticketmaster.co.uk/arianagrandemanchester... 

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Aerospace Executive 'Absolutely Convinced' There Are Aliens On Earth


In an eye-opening interview on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, aerospace mogul and entrepreneur Robert Bigelow said he was ‘absolutely convicted’ there were alien visitors living to Earth.
 
Most of the segment focused on how NASA and the Las Vegas-based Bigelow Aerospace were in a partnership to develop an expandable craft for humans to use in space. Bigelow’s far-reaching vision puts him right in the middle of a new privatization of space, a race that includes billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos.
 
In the following video, Bigelow described a typical expandable system to be used on future space flights.
 
However, during the “60 Minutes” interview with correspondent Lara Logan, the conversation shifted to Bigelow’s reported obsession with UFOs and aliens.
 
Logan: “Do you believe in aliens?”
 
Bigelow: “I’m absolutely convinced. That’s all there is to it.”
 
Logan: “Do you also believe that UFOs have come to Earth?”
 
Bigelow: “There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence. And I spent millions and millions and millions ― I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject.”
 
Logan: “Is it risky for you to say in public that you believe in UFOs and aliens?”
 
Bigelow: “I don’t give a damn. I don’t care.”
 
Logan: “You don’t worry that some people will say, ‘Did you hear that guy, he sounds like he’s crazy’?”
 
Bigelow: “I don’t care. It’s not gonna make a difference. It’s not gonna change reality of what I know.”
Bigelow wouldn’t elaborate on what kind of results he had achieved from his well-funded UFO research. When asked if he thought future space missions would result in any encounters between humans and aliens, Bigelow said, “You don’t have to go anywhere. It’s just like right under people’s noses.”
 
While Bigelow declined to describe his personal UFO encounters, he offered more elaborate details about UFOs, extraterrestrials and the private space industry during an interview on the national radio program, “Coast to Coast AM,“ hosted by George Knapp. 

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Teen Mom's Maci Bookout Admits She Fears Ex Ryan Could Die of Drug Overdose


Teen Mom: OG's Maci Bookout has reached her limit.
 
During tonight's episode of the hit MTV reality show, the mother of three addressed her ex Ryan Edwards' substance abuse problems with her co-stars.
 
While on a birthday trip to Puerto Rico to celebrate Catelynn Lowell's 25th alongside her husband Tyler Baltierra, Amber Portwood and her fiancé Matt Baier, Maci broke down in tears over fears that her ex may one day do irreparable damage.
 
When asked how Ryan is doing by Catelynn, Amber interjects, "Ryan's f--ked up. I watch it, I see it, I know it. Where he's at right now, when I see him, I know where he's at and I'm like, ‘Wow, he needs some guidance.'"
 
 #TeenMomOG ✔ @TeenMom
"I'm so tired of being the only one that sees everything and cares." ―@MaciBookout #TeenMomOG
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Maci added that she's "talked to [Ryan] about going to a treatment center" and that her ex "would do it."
 
However, she claims that "it's everyone else around him that is too afraid to admit it."
 
While fighting back tears, she tells her co-stars, "What I'm saying is that everyone else around him is too afraid of what it will look like more than his health…it's all denial. They all know."
 
Ryan and Maci welcomed their son Bentley eight years ago, and their struggles to co-parent have been documented for the world to see throughout the years on Teen Mom.
 
But nowadays, Maci says that the most difficult thing about Ryan's issue has to do with how the father of her eldest son feels about himself.
"Honestly, the hardest thing is for me to see Ryan not love himself because he is a person worth loving. He deserves to love himself."
 
Amber, who herself has publicly battled substance issues, tells her, "People forget that. You are so in love with the drugs that you feel if you wake up in the morning without them you want to die. So, should I die? It's a feeling you can never f--king feel unless you've really been to the bottom. He needs to find where his bottom may be."
 
Edwards has yet to speak about the substance abuse issues but fans of the hit series are sure to see more of what unfolds between the two exes.

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Tiger Woods Speaks On DUI Arrest: 'Unexpected Reaction To Prescribed Medication'


Tiger Woods has issued a public statement roughly 15 hours after being arrested for DUI in Jupiter, Florida. Woods indicated in his statement that alcohol was not involved, and that his condition resulted from “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
 
Here is Woods’ statement:
 
 
“I understand the severity of what I did and I take full responsibility for my actions,” Woods wrote in his statement. “I want the public to know that alcohol was not involved. What happened was an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly.” Woods apologized to his fans and pledged to “do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again.” Woods closed his statement by thanking the Jupiter Police Department and the Palm Beach County sheriff’s office.
 
Woods is currently recovering from surgery that will keep him sidelined through at least the summer.

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Allman Brothers Band co-founder Gregg Allman, Dead at 69abc


Gregg Allman, co-founding lead singer, keyboardist and one of the main songwriters of the legendary The Allman Brothers Band, has died at age 69. A statement on Allman's official website reads, in part, "It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia."

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Ariana Grande's Manager Pens Inspiring Message After Manchester Attack


Ariana Grande's manager Scooter Braun has penned an inspiring message about how he plans to honor the victims of the Manchester Arena attack: by "living each day full."
 
Braun, who also represents Justin Bieber, took to Twitter early this morning to remind his 4.1 million followers that despite Monday's terrorist bombing at Grande's concert, "Fear cannot rule the day."
 
"Tonight I got home and took my parents out to dinner. Korean bbq. We drank and ate and laughed with the tables next to us. I experienced joy," he wrote. "I experienced joy for the first time in days. And I remembered...we r free. We are all different but we r free to enjoy each other's company."
 
He then went on to say how he will remember the 22 people who died and the dozens more who were injured in the attack.
 
"I will honor those that r lost by living each day full. Full of fun, full of laughter, full of joy. I welcome the differences of my neighbor," Braun wrote. "The wish of terrorism is to take away that feeling of freedom and joy. No. That is my answer. No. We cant allow it. Fear cannot rule the day."
 
He also reminded his followers that more people die in car crashes than terrorism each year.
 
"Manchester I stand with you. Jakarta I stand with u..children of Syria I stand with you. We will honor you by not giving in to the darkness," he posted. "So if u think u scared us...if you think your cowardice act made us change how we live...sorry. All you did was make us appreciate every day. With extraordinary evil we must fight with extraordinary greatness. Fight on. Goodnight world. Tomorrow I live full."
 
He continued, "I will honor all of u by laughing loving and living. Living full for every wonderful innocent child whose life was taken too soon."
 
 Scooter Braun ✔ @scooterbraun
Tonight I got home and took my parents out to dinner. Korean bbq. We drank and ate and laughed with the tables next to us. I experienced joy
1:35 AM - 25 May 2017
  
 Scooter Braun ✔ @scooterbraun
I experienced joy for the first time in days. And I remembered...we r free. We are all different but we r free to enjoy eachother's company
1:36 AM - 25 May 2017
 
I will honor those that r lost by living each day full. Full of fun, full of laughter, full of joy. I welcome the differences of my neighbor
1:38 AM - 25 May 2017
 
 Scooter Braun ✔ @scooterbraun
the wish of terrorism is to take away that feeling of freedom and joy. No. That is my answer. No. We cant allow it. Fear cannot rule the day
1:39 AM - 25 May 2017
 
More people die each year from car crashes then terrorism. Yet I will get in my car. I will choose to live then to be afraid. So...
 
 Scooter Braun ✔ @scooterbraun
Manchester I stand with you. Jakarta I stand with u..children of Syria I stand with you. We will honor you by not giving in to the darkness
1:42 AM - 25 May 2017
 
With extraordinary evil we must fight with extraordinary greatness. Fight on. Goodnight world. Tomorrow I live full.
1:46 AM - 25 May 2017
 
 Scooter Braun ✔ @scooterbraun
I will honor all of u by laughing loving and living. Living full for every wonderful innocent child whose life was taken too soon.
1:49 AM - 25 May 2017
 
Grande has suspended her "Dangerous Woman" tour following the attack, canceling shows in Europe through June 5, while the singer and her associates "further assess the situation and pay our proper respects to those lost," her management told ABC News.
 
"We ask at this time that we all continue to support the city of Manchester and all those families affected by this cowardice and senseless act of violence," her team said in a statement. "Our way of life has once again been threatened but we will overcome this together. Thank you."

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T.J. Miller Is Leaving 'Silicon Valley' After Four Seasons


HBO has renewed “Veep” and “Silicon Valley,” but the latter will lose one of its key stars. T.J. Miller, who plays incubator chief Erlich Bachman, isn’t returning after the current season ends. 
 
HBO released the following statement on Thursday: “The producers of ‘Silicon Valley’ and T.J. Miller have mutually agreed that T.J. will not return for season 5. In Erlich Bachman, T.J. has brought to life an unforgettable character, and while his presence on the show will be missed, we appreciate his contribution and look forward to future collaborations.”
 
Without further explanation, it’s reasonable to assume that Miller’s burgeoning film career contributed to his decision to exit the show after four seasons. If so, he’ll find himself in mixed company: George Clooney (”ER”), Shelley Long (”Cheers”), Katherine Heigl (”Grey’s Anatomy”) and Dan Stevens (”Downton Abbey”) are among the actors who’ve abandoned series for big-screen pursuits. After Miller’s HBO stand-up special premieres June 17, he will voice the lead character in “The Emoji Movie.” Next year, he’ll appear in Steven Spielberg’s much-anticipated adaptation of “Ready Player One.” He’s also expected to have a bigger role in the “Deadpool” sequel. 
 
It’s unclear whether the “Silicon Valley” season finale, which airs June 25, will address Miller’s departure. (”This is all the info we have to share now,” an HBO rep told HuffPost when asked.) The rest of the cast is expected to return to the show, whose overnight ratings have dipped now that “Game of Thrones” isn’t airing as its lead-in.

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Paris Jackson Mistaken for Homeless Person on Set of Feature Film Debut


Paris Jackson was mistaken for a homeless person on the set of her new movie, the actress said.
 
The daughter of late pop legend Michael Jackson has been hard at work on an untitled Amazon Studios project, directed by Nash Edgerton. Jackson arrived to set on Thursday and was sitting outside of her makeup trailer, but tweeted that a production staffer had tried to shoo her away.
 
“One of the first people on set, sitting in the parking lot and this dude comes up to me and says homeless people aren’t allowed in this area,” Jackson wrote.
 
And they say actors are never on time.
 
“I said, ‘Oh, sorry, I’m waiting for hair and makeup, should I wait elsewhere? Also, why do you assume I’m homeless,” she continued, also uploading a photo of her boho chic uniform of harem pants and a midriff top.
 
Jackson landed the role of an “edgy 20-year-old” in Edgerton’s ensemble drama led by David Oyelowo, who plays a ho-hum business man who slips into a life of crime. Nash’s brother Joel Edgerton, Amanda Seyfried, Charlize Theron, Yul Vazquez, Thandie Newton and Sharlto Copley costar.
 
This is Jackson’s first movie, though she has appeared on Fox’s “Star,” created by Lee Daniels. She is repped by WME and Stiefel Entertainment.
 

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Tom Cruise Makes Rare Comment About Daughter Suri's Future


Tom Cruise rarely opens up about his private life, let alone his daughter Suri, whom he shares with ex-wife Katie Holmes. However this week at the Australian premiere of his new film The Mummy, the Mission Impossible star made a rare comment about his little girl. When asked by the Sydney Morning Herald if he thought his 11-year-old might have gotten the acting gene from her Hollywood parents, Tom replied, “You never know, you never know.”
 
While Suri may or may not pursue a career in acting, the 54-year-old noted that he’s been making films since he was young. Tom said, ”For me, I just love making movies. I have been doing it my whole life.” The Mummy actor and Katie tied the knot in a lavish wedding in Italy back in 2006, before splitting in 2012. The Dawson’s Creek alum, 38, has primary physical custody of their young daughter.
 
Earlier this year, Katie opened up about raising Suri in the spotlight. She admitted on The View, “I raise my child like [how] my family, sisters raise their children and how I was raised.” Katie added, “I love being a parent and I feel really blessed to have such a sweet little girl.” The mom-of-one has previously stressed the importance of giving Suri a “stable” and "innocent childhood.” She told Town & Country magazine, "My child is the most important person to me, and her upbringing is paramount to my work right now,” adding, "It’s very important that I’m present.”

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